In 2001, the Washington State Department of Health formed the Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnership. Since then, the name changed to Washington CARES About Cancer Partnership, which was shortened to Washington Cancer Partnership in 2015.
We are a diverse group of cancer stakeholders committed to cancer prevention and control. Our passion pushes us to utilize our unique skills and expertise to make a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer. As a united force in Washington State, we’re listening and responding in order to make fighting cancer achievable, advocating equal access to all for quality prevention and early diagnosis, treatment, end of life care, and survivorship resources and support.
In Washington State, citizens:
- Will not get preventable cancer.
- With detectable cancers are diagnosed in the earliest stage of the disease and given state-of-the-art care to assure their survival and quality of life.
- In the end stages of incurable cancers are cared for in a way that maximizes the quality of their life and death.
- Fully support research to understand the causes of cancers and improving prevention, early detection, treatment, and palliation.
As of March 2014, Washington State Plan for Healthy Communities is our new guide for prevention and control efforts to reduce the burden of cancer and other diseases in Washington State. It replaced the Washington State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan as well as thirteen other disease specific plans.
The Partnership consisted of three task forces.
- The Breast and Cervical Cancer Task Force is now the Washington State Cancer Screening Network.
- The Prostate Cancer Task Force is now the Washington State Prostate Cancer Coalition.
- The Cancer Survivorship Task Force is now the Washington Alliance for Cancer Survivorship (WACS).
The members of the Partnership contribute unique skills and expertise because we come from an array of sectors in our communities. Our members see the devastating effects of cancer every day and understand the emotional and financial hardships that cancer often causes, and recognize the hope, faith and strength that fighting cancer often takes. We seek to recruit and energize primary care and health insurance providers, faith-based organizations, businesses and interested individuals and organizations who will join us to rally to make a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer.
Thank you for visiting the Washington Cancer Partnership’s website. Questions or comments? Send us an email or call us at 360-236-3674.