Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CCC)

Mission

The goal of the Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) program is to assess the burden of cancer, uses policy, systems, and environmental changes to guide sustainable cancer control, and to implement the state┐s cancer plan. CCC program strives to reduce the burden of cancer by coordinating a statewide coalition, The Partnership to Reduce Cancer, which is comprised of over 150 individuals and agencies. The CCC program develops, implements, and evaluates programs to improve the quality of cancer care and address the needs of cancer survivors. The CCC program promotes primary prevention and recommended cancer screenings, and strives to enhance cancer survivors┐ quality of life.

2012 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Funded seven Rhode Island Chronic Care Collaborative (RICCC) Health Centers to improve the quality of colorectal screening rates with over 987 referrals for colonoscopies.
  • Worked closely with the SCUP pilot project (Screening Colonoscopies for Underserved Persons) to align referrals for Colorectal Cancer Screening (CRC) and CCC utilizing patient navigation techniques; SCUP has provided 294 colonoscopies, with a higher than the state and national average for positive results, and removed cancerous polyps in two patients resulting in fully cancer free diagnoses.
  • The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in RI supported policy changes to reduce access to tobacco for minors, improved access to adolescents for human papilloma virus vaccination; and provided providing free skin cancer screening at three recreational events.
  • The Partnership and the CCC program supported all of the RI Hospitals in achieving and maintaining American College of Surgeons (ACOS) certification for their Cancer Centers

Key Focus Areas

Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning

The Rhode Island Cancer Prevention and Control Strategic Plan describes strategies for cancer prevention, cancer screening, and cancer treatment. The plan is intended to be a working plan, periodically revised in response to Rhode Island's changing cancer profile and to new scientific findings about the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. Every year, the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program works with the Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island to identify, describe, and develop quantified objectives and evaluation strategies and annual priorities for cancer control.