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KS unveils comprehensive cancer plan

KS Governor Laura Kelly

(MSC News)--KS Governor Laura Kelly, on Monday, announced the release of what her office calls “the largest, most comprehensive cancer prevention and control plan in Kansas history.” According to information provided by Kelly- office, “the plan outlines how the State will allocate resources over the next five years to prevent cancer and reduce the disease- burden on Kansans who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families. It includes proposals to bolster the health care workforce, increase early detection, expand providers’ understanding of the span of resources available to patients and survivors, and reduce unhealthy behaviors.”

The release calls cancer the “leading cause of death in Kansas, exceeded only by heart disease. On average, more than 5,500 Kansans die from cancer each year.”

The plan results from an 18-month collaboration between the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Cancer Partnership (KCP). The KCP has multiple workgroups and regional coalitions comprised of oncologists, survivors, advocates, and those with a vested interest in cancer.

The Kansas Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan outlines strategies in five priority areas, including prevention, early detection, cancer survivorship, financial burden, health equity, and advocacy and policy. In addition, the plan calls for increased collaboration to address social determinants of health and health equity.

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