Task Force Objectives
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- Evaluate current trends in cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality, screening, diagnosis, and behaviors that increase risk.
- Evaluate historic, current and emerging cancer control strategies.
- Establish cancer reduction goals, which shall seek to reduce mortality rates for breast, cervical, prostate, lung and colorectal cancer.
- Establish specific goals for:
- Reducing behavior that increases the risk of cancer, including behavior related to smoking and diet.
- Reversing the present trend of annual increases in the rate of invasive melanoma.
- Closing the gap in cancer mortality rates between the total population and minorities.
- Increasing the use of screening tests for cancer, especially among elderly and minority populations.
- Increasing the percentage of cancers diagnosed at early stages.
- Expanding use of quality multi-disciplinary oncologic care.
- Increasing awareness of palliative care.
- Addressing quality of life from a patient perspective.
- Develop an integrated set of priority strategies that are necessary to achieve the goals.
- Delineate the respective roles and responsibilities for the State and each of its Partners in implementing the priority strategies identified.
- Report to the Governor, the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and the Legislature on its findings, recommendations and activities at least biennially.
Reference: Public Law 2005, Chapter 280
Last updated: 04/22/08