For Immediate Release
October 5, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Partnership Kicks Off 5-Year Plan to Prevent, Control Cancer in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Cancer Partnership (KCP) met today to kick off work to implement selected strategies from the Kansas Cancer Prevention and Control Plan 2012-2016. The event was held in Topeka at the Kansas History Museum and included a presentation of the state cancer plan and development of Cancer Action Teams that will work to meet the plan’s goals and objectives.

The Kansas Cancer Partnership is comprised of individuals and organizations throughout Kansas dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer in Kansas. This partnership includes the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and medical and public health cancer experts from across the State. The partnership develops, coordinates and implements cancer prevention and control initiatives to decrease cancer and cancer-related deaths among Kansans and improve quality of life among cancer survivors.

“While much has been accomplished since the release of the previous Kansas Cancer Plan in 2004, much work remains across the cancer continuum of prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment and survivor quality of life,” said Gary Doolittle, M.D., Chair of KCP and Medical Director, Midwest Cancer Alliance.

Past accomplishments include reducing Kansans’ exposure to second-hand smoke, increased participation in cancer clinical trials, improved access to oral chemotherapy, increased state support for breast and cervical cancer screening programs, expanded use of Kansas Cancer Registry data, and the enactment of Kansas Radon laws.

“In 2008, more than 13,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed among Kansas residents. However, the number of cancer survivors is increasing as prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment improve,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer . “All Kansans can reduce their cancer risk by making healthy lifestyle choices. Avoiding  tobacco use, maintaining a healthy weight, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and staying physically active can reduce cancer risk, as well as risk of many other chronic diseases.”

The five-year state plan includes the following goals and objectives to prevent and control cancer:

During the Oct. 5 event, Cancer Action Teams selected strategies and developed detailed action plans to outline the role of individual partners and the resources leveraged from collaborative efforts needed to address each priority. Example strategies include:

Also launched today was the Plan’s companion document, Burden of Cancer in Kansas July 2012. This report will guide cancer stakeholders at the state and local levels by providing Kansas-specific data on cancer mortality, incidence, screening practices and risk and protective factors.

Copies of both documents may be obtained by calling 785-296-1207. Electronic copies will soon be available at www.cancerkansas.org.