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By Toni Panetta
Your feedback is needed to make sure Colorado is on-target for a statewide strategy to defeat breast cancer in our communities. The Colorado Cancer Plan is updated every 5 years to provide a roadmap for health care providers, policymakers, state agencies, funders, and the public to prevent preventable cancers, detect non-preventable cancers early, improve treatment outcomes, and increase overall quality of life for cancer patients, survivors, and their support networks.
The agency tasked with developing and monitoring progress made toward the plan, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, is soliciting public feedback via http://www.coloradocancerplan.org. As a committed partner in the fight against cancer in Colorado, you’re invited to review the draft plan, consider whether the goals and objectives that have been identified are appropriate and make sense, and to submit feedback on your behalf and those of your organization by September 30.
Rather than being organized by cancer type (i.e. breast, ovarian, prostate, etc.), the draft plan is organized by stages of the cancer continuum of care:
• Screening & Early Detection
• Diagnosis & Treatment
• Post-Treatment Survivorship & End-of-Life Care
• Cross-cutting Objectives Across the Continuum
The plan identifies goals that are common to multiple cancer types, and provides more details about objectives that may be unique to specific cancer types to accomplish the goals.
You can skim the plan in about 15-20 minutes to get an idea of opportunities for you and your organization to be part of Colorado’s coordinated efforts to address the cancer burden.
Comments can be provided online through a SurveyMonkey response or a printable, PDF document. For more information, including a video about the cancer plan and a link to the PDF document, visit http://www.coloradocancerplan.org.
Toni Panetta is director of mission programs for Susan G. Komen® Colorado.