Ohio Partners for Cancer Control is a statewide consortium
dedicated to reducing the cancer burden in Ohio.
Why Care about Cancer?
While many health systems, health care professionals, and researchers are working to reduce Ohio's cancer burden, there are not enough resources to fully address this important health issue. Improvements must be made in the coordination of information, personnel, resources, and efforts among those working to fight cancer in order to maximize their ability to prevent and control cancer.
What is Ohio Partners for Cancer Control?
Formed in 2000, Ohio Partners for Cancer Control is a statewide consortium dedicated to reducing the cancer burden in Ohio. This consortium is comprised of representatives of organizations who have cancer prevention and control as a focus of their mission. Organizations represented include hospitals, universities, cancer centers, health care professional associations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, minority health coalitions, and community organizations. Ohio Partners for Cancer Control has as its mission "to make cancer history for all Ohioans." This group stresses a unified fight against cancer through collaboration and use of a comprehensive approach. Ohio Partners for Cancer Control will achieve far greater success than could be accomplished by individual organizations.
What is Comprehensive Cancer Control?
Comprehensive cancer control continues to grow in importance throughout the nation as states seek to address this second leading cause of preventable death. Comprehensive cancer control, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is "a collaborative process through which a community pools resources to reduce the burden of cancer that results in risk reduction, early detection, better treatment, and enhanced survivorship." Ohio Partners for Cancer Control is dedicated to this approach.
How is Comprehensive Cancer Control Accomplished?
Comprehensive cancer control relies on active involvement by concerned citizens and key stakeholders and uses data in a systematic process to:
- determine the cancer burden;
- identify the needs of communities and/or population-based groups;
- prioritize these needs;
- develop interventions and infrastructure to address the needs;
- mobilize resources to implement interventions; and
- evaluate the impact of these interventions on the health of the community/population.
I have been cancer-free for 6 1/2 years now. Overcoming all these hardships has been the hardest thing I have ever had to do. It has made me a better person all around. It has strengthened my faith in God and my fellow man. My major recommendation is this: only you know your own body. When something doesn't seem right, pursue it until you are satisfied. It could be the difference between life and death. Early detection is key!
Sheila Massie, Canfield,
Pancreatic Cancer Survivor