Comprehensive Cancer Control is a collaborative process through which a communities and partner organizations pool resources to reduce the burden of cancer. These combined efforts help to:
- Reduce cancer risk.
- Find cancers earlier.
- Improve treatments.
- Increase the number of people who survive cancer.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to help states, tribes, and territories form coalitions to fight cancer. These coalitions collect data to determine the greatest cancer-related needs in their area, and develop and carry out cancer plans to meet those needs. Comprehensive Cancer Control plans include activities that:
- Encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle.
- Promote cancer screening tests.
- Increase access to good cancer care.
- Improve the quality of life for people who survive cancer.
Mississippi Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
Mississippi's Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Program was established in 2002 when the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) received funding from the CDC. Continued CDC funding has enabled MSDH to continue to strengthen comprehensive cancer control efforts in Mississippi. The Mississippi CCC Program leads an integrated and coordinated approach addressing the continuum of cancer control — from prevention and detection to treatment, survivorship, and end of life care.
What we are doing
- Passing meaningful legislation in our state that helps prevent cancer, and promote better access to medical care for detection and treatment.
- Educating the public on the importance of early detection of cancer.
- Working with businesses and industry to adopt smoke-free business policies and provide resources to help employees quit smoking.
- Ensuring that adequate patient support services are available and accessible for cancer patients and their families.
- Instituting more effective health education policies in Mississippi's schools.