Wyoming’s Plan to Fight Cancer
Wyoming’s new 2011-2015 Cancer Control Plan, developed by the Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium (WCCCC), is available for all Wyoming citizens interested in helping to reduce the state’s cancer burden.
The revised plan is updated from the WCCCC’s original plan, which was published in 2006.
Liz Mikesell, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program manager with the Wyoming Department of Health, said the biggest success tied to the initial plan is the 2007 Wyoming Cancer Control Act legislation. “We’ve seen important programs and opportunities develop from that legislation and subsequent funding such as the Wyoming Colorectal Cancer Screening Program and the Wyoming Cancer Resource Services project.”
“With the new plan, we have maintained our initial focus on prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment and quality of life/survivorship issues; significantly revised the plan’s childhood cancer component; and added a new emphasis on advocacy,” Mikesell said.
“All Wyoming residents have a role in the fight against cancer,” Mikesell continued. “Cancer has a significant impact on everyone – either directly or indirectly. That’s why we want to invite everyone to become involved.”
The Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan describes 19 broad goals toward reducing the burden of cancer among all residents. “By working together, we can lessen the impact of this disease in our state,” Mikesell said.
Mikesell noted the significance of personal responsibility for prevention and early detection. “Personal responsibility affects the number of lives that can be saved, of course, and also leads to cost benefits within our healthcare system,” she said.
To learn more about the WCCCC or to read the plan, visit www.fightcancerwy.com online. A free copy of the plan can also be requested by calling Jessica Perez at 307-777-7362.