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The Ohio Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2011-2014

The Ohio Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2011-2014  is a strategic plan to reduce the cancer burden in our state.  It is designed to provide guidance to individuals and organizations spanning a wide range of health and social disciplines that can play a role in controlling cancer.  All aspects of the cancer surveillance prevention and control continuum are addressed.  These aspects include data and surveillance, primary prevention, screening and early detection, treatment, quality of life and end-of-life care, and advocacy.

The Plan has three guiding principles that cut across all 14 goals and related objectives:

  • Data driven decisions;
  • Evidence based interventions, and;
  • Identification of disparities and progress toward equity.

The Plan’s strategies are intended to direct collective efforts toward specific and measurable objectives that will reduce the cancer burden.  Also, many of the outcomes will have benefits extending beyond cancer to other leading chronic diseases.

Finally, please note that this Plan is meant to be a dynamic document.  As opportunities arise, funding sources appear, and breakthroughs in prevention, screening, etc., are found, new objectives can and will be added.

What can you do?

Below are a few examples of what you can do to help work toward the goals presented here. Use these examples, and think of other actions you can take to reduce the burden of cancer throughout Ohio.

If you are a HOSPITAL

  • Ensure that your cancer cases are reported in a timely way.
  • Provide meeting space for cancer support groups.
  • Collaborate to sponsor community screening programs.
  • Aquire or maintain American College of Surgeons membership.

If you are a LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT

  • Provide cancer awareness information to citizens.
  • Collaborate in community walking campaigns.
  • Work with physicians to promote screening programs and case reporting.
  • Provide space for survivor support groups.

If you are a COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION

  • Provide cancer awareness information to constituents.
  • Promote cancer screening among clients.
  • Encourage participation in clinical trials.
  • Collaborate to provide community prevention programs.

If you are a PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION

  • Provide cancer awareness information to constituents.
  • Promote cancer screening among clients.
  • Encourage participation in clinical trials.
  • Collaborate to provide community prevention programs.

If you are an EMPLOYER

  • Provide healthy foods in vending machines and cafeterias.
  • Encourage employees to increase physical activity.
  • Collaborate with hospitals to host screening events.

If you are a SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY

  • Include cancer prevention messages in health classes.
  • Provide healthy foods in vending machines and cafeterias.
  • Increase physical education requirements.
  • Make your entire campus a smoke-free environment.

If you are a FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION

  • Provide cancer prevention information to members.
  • Learn how to provide healthy potlucks and meeting meals.
  • Open your building for walking clubs in cold weather.
  • Encourage members to get cancer screening tests on time.

If you are a PHYSICIAN

  • Make sure patients get appropriate cancer screening tests.
  • Refer patients to smoking cessation classes and nutrition programs.
  • Be sure your cancer cases are reported in a timely way.
  • Find out how to enroll patients in clinical trials.
  • Make earlier referrals to hospice for end-of-life care.

If you are a LEGISLATOR

  • Appropriate funding for comprehensive cancer control.
  • Raise constituents' awareness about cancer prevention and control programs in your district or help establish new programs where needed.
  • Sponsor or support legislation that promotes cancer prevention and control.
  • Ensure that all Ohioans have access to health care and to cancer early detection screening services.
  • Ensure that tobacco settlement funds are used for tobacco and cancer control purposes.

If you are an OHIOAN

  • Stop smoking or never start.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Increase your daily physical activity.
  • Know when to be screened and do it on schedule.
  • Support smoke-free environment legislation.
  • If diagnosed, consider enrolling in a clinical trial.
  • Show your support and care for those who are diagnosed.
  • Volunteer with your hospital, health department, faith community, or local American Cancer Society.

During six months of chemotherapy, I kept working. I would have my chemotherapy on Friday afternoon, go home and sleep to ward off the nausea, and be back to work on Monday morning. I still remember very clearly each treatment, each x-ray, each time I had to have blood tests. But now I remember how it changed my life, how it made me more appreciative of the people and events in my life. I would have never thought that 22 years ago that I would be sharing my story, helping other cancer patients, and be a healthy, happy, wife and mother.

Barb Anderson, Dublin,
Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

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