Cancer Control Plan
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Georgia. In 2013, an estimated 16,630 Georgians died of cancer; each day, more than 120 more Georgians are diagnosed with the disease.
The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium envision a future Georgia that is free from cancer deaths and cancer-related health disparities. Accordingly, multi-faceted and layered approaches to cancer prevention and control are needed.
Georgia’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan offers a strategic vision to reduce the cancer burden in our state. The plan is a product of extensive input from stakeholders and describes Georgia’s eight priority areas for 2014-2019:
- Cancer Risk Reduction: Tobacco and Obesity*
- Vaccination for Human Papilloma Virus
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
- Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Lung Cancer Screening
- Quality Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
- Access to Palliative Care and Survivorship
- Patient Case Management and Care Coordination
*Please see tobacco documents listed below.
The plan creates a path forward to reduce the number of cancer deaths in Georgia, maintain Georgia’s place as a national and international leader in cancer research, and improve the quality of life for those who have survived cancer. Efforts over the next five years will focus on linking public and private resources, increasing access to early detection and screening, and increasing the use of evidence-based screening guidelines and practice.
Statewide leadership, including the government, business, academic, and non-profit sectors, is essential to cancer prevention and control. The Georgia Department of Public Health, through and with the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium and its membership, will implement this plan and provide the statewide leadership necessary to bring together communities and resources for cancer prevention and control in Georgia.
To view Georgia’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan for 2014-2019, click here.
To view the Georgia Tobacco Control Strategic Plan 2015-2020, click here.
Why Increase the Tax on Cigarettes and other Tobacco?: Raising It Is As Easy As $1.23 (American Cancer Society)
Tobacco Tax Increases General Fact Sheet (American Cancer Society)
Electronic Cigarettes in the Workplace (National Buisness Group on Health)
Why Employers Care About Tobacco