Thursday, August 20, 2015

State health department needs your input on Colorado Cancer Plan

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is leading a new process to update the Colorado Cancer Plan, a five-year plan to reduce the burden of cancer in Colorado. The department is relying on your input to drive the successful development and implementation of the plan.

Each year, 23,000 Coloradans are diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 7,500 die from the disease. Whether personally diagnosed or not, it affects all of us- friends, family, neighbors and colleagues are impacted by cancer's toll.

Through September 30, partners are invited to  visit the Colorado Cancer Plan web page,review the plan and make comments through an online survey. The plan is organized with goals and objectives related to prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Stakeholders can comment on the specific sections that relate to their work or give feedback on the entire plan.

The final success of this plan depends on the contributions and collaboration of health care providers, hospitals, health plans, researchers, public health advocates, employers and community groups. Only by working together to reduce the burden of cancer statewide can we make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation.

To learn more or get involved, email cdphe_cancerplan@state.co.us.

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