Washington Cancer Screening Network
The Washington Cancer Screening Network supports efforts to reduce the number of women dying from breast or gynecological (cervical, ovarian and uterine) cancer in Washington State. The two objectives of the Task Force are to:
Increase the percentage of women receiving mammograms.
Educate women about the symptoms of reproductive cancers, including ovarian, uterine, cervical and vulvar cancer.
Approximately 14 years ago, the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed to advise the Breast and Cervical Health Program. Shortly thereafter the Department of Health received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnership. This group set up a variety of standing committees and task forces, one of which was a task force on breast and cervical health. The two groups (PAC and the task force) joined forces to form the Breast and Cervical Cancer Task Force. In 2014, the group changed ists name to the Cancer Screening Task Force and then in 2015, the group decided not to pursue projects, but rather to be a professional development organization. So a new name was born; the Washington Cancer Screening Network.
The task force meets quarterly. Each meeting features a presentation and member updates. Winter and summer meetings are conducted via interactive webinar, while the fall and srong meetings are in person, in conjunction with the BCCHP Prime contractors.
The task force's most recent accomplishments include developing and making available:
- Co-Sponsored the Ask Me Recruitment Campaign.
- Worked with WA Cares Steering Committee to submit a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraging them to change their position on digital mammography.
- Worked in coalition with partners to protect breast and cervical health funding in the Washington state budget.
- Engaged two independent grocery chains in Washington state to partner with the task force to promote breast cancer awareness in October.
- Submitted an op-ed piece statewide regarding the continued need for mammogram at age 40.
- Washington State Department of Health implemented an employee wellness program session on Ovarian Cancer utilizing materials provided by The Ovarian and Breast Cancer Alliance, a task force member.
Chair: Robyn Sneeringer, MPH
For more information about this network or to join, contact Jill Wisehart at 360-236-3674.