The Cancer Plan is a tool designed to highlight opportunities to prevent new cases of cancer, improve the treatment and ease the suffering of those with cancer, and spur community action to enact policies and regulations that decrease the cancer burden.
Every five years, the South Carolina Cancer Alliance members work together to develop the five-year South Carolina Cancer Plan (the Cancer Plan). The Cancer Plan serves as the official road map in the fight against cancer in our state. The South Carolina Cancer Plan 2022-2027 is the state’s fourth cancer plan and serves as a companion to the South Carolina Cancer Report Card, which describes the distribution of cancer cases and deaths in the state. The Cancer Plan is organized to address each of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) priority areas: primary prevention of cancer; early detection and treatment; public health needs of cancer survivors; policy, system, and environmental changes; health equity as it relates to cancer control; and outcomes demonstrated through evaluation.
Content on each of these topics includes goals, specific objectives that support the goals, strategies to achieve the objectives, sources of data that will be used to assess achievement of the objectives, and plans for monitoring progress towards achievement of objectives. The Cancer Plan also includes a separate evaluation plan which outlines more specifically how the plan will be evaluated during and after its implementation.
Too many people still suffer and die unnecessarily from cancer in South Carolina, and the disease touches us all in some way. In South Carolina and the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death after heart disease, accounting for approximately one in every four deaths. Fortunately, many new cancer cases and deaths can be prevented and avoided.
Highlighting opportunities to prevent new cases of cancer
The Cancer Plan is a tool designed to highlight opportunities to prevent new cases of cancer, improve the treatment and ease the suffering of those with cancer, and spur community action to enact policies and regulations that decrease the cancer burden. The Cancer Plan can only be effective through the combined efforts and dedication of the Alliance’s diverse partners, who are committed to the belief that together, we can decrease the burden of cancer in our state over the next five years.