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North Dakota's Cancer Control Plan

North Dakota's Cancer Control Plan provides evidence-based goals and strategies to decrease the emotional, physical and financial burden of cancer in our state. From this five-year plan, legislators, health care professionals, researchers and others can work to implement objectives and strategies to reduce cancer incidence in North Dakota.

From the summer of 2005 through July 2006, the North Dakota Cancer Coalition brought together groups of health professionals, stake-holders, cancer survivors, and interested others from across North Dakota to develop a proactive, comprehensive approach to address the full continuum of cancer care in our state. North Dakota's Cancer Control Plan addresses the following areas: history and vision, North Dakota's cancer burden, health disparities, early detection and screening, prevention, treatment, quality of life and cancer workforce of the future.

The goal of the plan focuses on the education of the general public and health-care providers about the significance of a proactive fight against cancer. Well-known cancer prevention advocates and key partners --such as the American Cancer Society, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and C-Change --have joined other national partners to support the development and implementation cancer control plans nationwide through a federal planning initiative.

"C-change's goal was to develop strategies to eliminate cancer at the earliest possible time, as well as establish a comprehensive cancer plan in each state. This plan will do just that," said Charles Kupchella, president of the University of North Dakota, current C-change member and North Dakota Cancer Coalition chair.

Three out of four American families will have at least one family member diagnosed with cancer in his or her lifetime. For North Dakotans, cancer is the second leading cause of death after heart disease. Every year, more than 3,100 North Dakotans are diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 1,300 die from the disease. Although cancer is a constellation of more than 200 different diseases, a few types --namely lung, breast, colorectal and prostate, account for the majority of cancer cases and about half of the cancer deaths in our state.

Yo can also refer to  North Dakota's Cancer Control Plan.