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History, Mission & Vision

In 1998, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) established the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) to support comprehensive cancer control in U.S. states, Pacific Island Jurisdictions, territories, and tribes and tribal organizations. NCCCP provides funding and technical advice to create, carry out, and evaluate comprehensive cancer control plans, which focus on issues like prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship, and health disparities. Today, CDC funds CCC programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 7 tribes and tribal organizations, and 7 U.S. territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions.

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. 

With a better understanding of the common underlying issues related to maintaining health, we collapsed 14 state plans, one of which was the Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, into one Washington State Plan for Healthy Communities.This statewide plan for building Healthy Communities will align our priorities and strategies with national, state, and local prevention efforts. It will be a road-map for implementing chronic disease prevention efforts in our communities.

Comprehensive cancer control is a strategic approach to preventing or minimizing the impact of cancer in communities. It involves state and local health departments, state, local and community organizations, researchers, health care providers, decision makers, cancer survivors and their families, and many others all coming together to find and agree upon ways to address cancer concerns in their communities.

Communities can provide comprehensive cancer control by—

  • Building coalitions of stakeholders who are willing to share resources and expertise to fight cancer.
  • Using data from cancer registries, behavioral risk factor surveys, and other sources to learn more about the cancers and risk factors that impact their communities most.
  • Developing and implementing strategic plans to address the burden.
  • Setting priorities and leveraging resources to implement evidence-based interventions to support behavioral lifestyle changes to prevent cancer; ensure access to screening services to detect cancers early; as well as to ensure access treatment services.
  • Paying special attention to the needs and concerns experienced by groups of people in their communities with poor cancer health outcomes.
  • Paying special attention to the needs and concerns of the cancer survivors and their families in their communities, particularly the survivors’ (and their families’) physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

Why is Comprehensive Cancer Control Important?

Comprehensive cancer control is about people working together to identify problems and develop solutions to better use limited resources and create better outcomes, because:

  • No one can do it alone. A united front against cancer can tackle major issues—like better access to quality care, survivorship, health disparities, and quality of life. These are too broad and crosscutting for any one organization to confront alone.
  • Significant gaps exist. There are gaps in what is known and what is being done to solve cancer problems. We can improve awareness of current cancer care services and resources. Access to, and availability of, quality cancer care varies across the state. A cooperative approach leads to better coordination and more efficiency in cancer prevention and control efforts.
  • Significant disparities exist. Cancer impacts some people more than others. Coordination and integration of statewide efforts helps ensure that underserved populations are not overlooked.
  • We haven't won yet. Overall rates of new cancer cases and cancer deaths have been declining. However, as the population of Washington ages, the number of new cases and deaths are expected to increase.

Our Vision Statement is that 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.