NOW AVAILABLE: A vehicle license plate that helps cancer patients! Click here to go to the Texans Conquer Cancer website for information on how to order. The price is $30 per year: $22 goes to a CPRIT-administered fund for patient support services, and $8 goes to TxDOT for administrative/production costs.
Lung Cancer Treatment Information
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Screening is key for early detection. Regular mammograms can detect tumors before they can be felt. When combined with regular medical care and appropriate guideline-recommended mammography, breast self-exams can help women know what is normal for them. Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year. Even though you cannot prevent cancer some habits that can help reduce your risk include: maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, eat fruits and vegetables, do not smoke, and limit alcohol consumption. Since 1990, death rates from breast cancer have been declining in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.
For more information, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/index.htm and ww5.komen.org.
Comprehensive cancer control is a collaborative process through which a community pools resources to reduce the burden of cancer that results in:
- Risk reduction
- Early detection
- Better treatment
- Enhanced survivorship
The Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (TCCCP) receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement comprehensive cancer control in Texas.
The goals of the program are to:
- Increase the coordination, integration and implementation of cancer activities in the state as identified in the Texas Cancer Plan (Plan)
- Increase the use of the Plan
- Develop a data-driven process for prioritizing the Plan
- Enhance implementation of the Plan at the local level through a networks of cancer stakeholders at the community level
The program reaches its goals through the following components:
Texas Cancer Plan Implementation Projects throughout Texas
This project falls under the Texas Cancer Plan Goal: Primary Prevention & Risk Reduction: Prevent or reduce the risk of developing cancer by promoting changes in behavior, evidence-based practices and environmental approaches, or other systems. The purpose of Ask-Advise-Refer is to improve the number of patient referrals by healthcare professionals to the Texas Tobacco Quitline. The protocol prompts practitioners to screen their patients for tobacco use, advise them to stop, and, with the patient’s consent, refer them to the Quitline. Patients can then receive three to five cessation counseling sessions by phone and two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy. The integration of a secure connection to the Quitline into electronic health records (EHR) can streamline this process, allowing healthcare professionals to refer their patients with one click of a button.
Cancer Alliance of Texas (CAT)
This statewide coalition engages organizations, agencies, Institutions and individuals to work collaboratively to reduce the impact of cancer in Texas and promote the Plan (www.cancerallianceoftexas.org).
- Chair: Phil Huang, MD, MPH (Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services)
- Chair-Elect: Michael Davis (Baylor Scott & White)
TCCCP Program Staff:
Chronic Disease Branch MC 1945
Texas Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347