Resolution Supporting Comprehensive Cancer Control

BE IT NOW THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages state legislators and other elected leaders to support and promote state-wide efforts to develop and implement their state’s comprehensive cancer control plan.
 

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WHEREAS, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States;

WHEREAS, in 2008, about 1.4 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed, and nearly 560,000 Americans – about 1,500 people a day – will die of the disease;

WHEREAS, in 2007, the overall cost of cancer in the United States was $ 219 billion – $89 billion for direct medical costs, $18 billion for lost worker productivity due to illness and $112 billion for lost worker productivity because of premature death;

WHEREAS, the significant growth of cancer prevention and control programs within public health agencies has resulted in the recognition that improved coordination of cancer control activities within states is essential to maximizing resources and achieving desired cancer control outcomes;

WHEREAS, coordination of state cancer control activities, known as comprehensive cancer control (CCC), results in many benefits including increased efficiency for delivering public health messages and services to the public;

WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC's) National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) is a national resource for supporting comprehensive cancer control efforts;

WHEREAS, since 1998, the number of programs pursuing comprehensive approaches to cancer control has grown from 6 to include health agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 7 territories and 7 tribal groups, and with this support, they continue to establish broad based CCC coalitions, assess the burden of cancer, determine priorities for cancer prevention and control, and develop and implement CCC plans;

WHEREAS, cancer plans are the stepping stones for putting comprehensive cancer control programs into action, where each state, territory or tribal health agency develops a cancer plan to address its unique cancer burden;

WHEREAS, state, territory or tribal health agencies implementing cancer plans integrate expertise and efforts from many disciplines: basic and applied research, evaluation, health education, program development, public policy, surveillance, clinical services, and health communications; and
 
WHEREAS, the state, territory and tribal health agencies currently do not have adequate funding and resources to support their cancer plans from development and planning through implementation and into action;

BE IT NOW THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages state legislators and other elected leaders to support and promote state-wide efforts to develop and implement their state’s comprehensive cancer control plan.

Adopted this 31st Day of May, 2008 at the CSG 75th Anniversary Celebration
in Lexington, Kentucky.