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Texas Cancer Plan

What is the Texas Cancer Plan?

The Texas Cancer Plan (Plan) is our state’s call to action for cancer research, prevention, and control. The Plan identifies the challenges and issues that affect our state, as well as goals, objectives, and strategies to help inform and guide communities in the fight against cancer. The first edition of the Plan was released in 1986, making Texas one of the first states to have a state cancer plan. As of today, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, six U.S. Pacific Island jurisdictions and Puerto Rico, and eight tribes and tribal organizations have produced their own cancer plans.

By state statute, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is charged with facilitating the development of the Plan. The first plan developed under CPRIT’s leadership was released in 2012. The Cancer Alliance of Texas (CAT), our state comprehensive cancer control coalition, assists with development and promotion of the Plan. The overall outcome and success of the Plan depends on the cooperation, collaboration, and resources of many stakeholders across the state.

The most current version of the Plan was developed in 2018.

Priority Areas and Goals

The Texas Cancer Plan includes five priority areas and sixteen goals.

Priority Areas

The five priority areas for the 2018 Plan were selected based upon review of progress and challenges since 2012, cancer trends, and health disparities. They align with evidence-based strategies that, if implemented in systematic and comprehensive ways, will have a significant impact on the human and economic cancer burden in Texas. They include:

  • Decrease tobacco and electronic vapor product use and exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Increase vaccination rates for HPV and Hepatitis B
  • Reduce cancer risk by increasing healthy lifestyles
  • Reduce cancer health disparities
  • Increase cancer survivor supportive care

Goals

The 16 goals of the Plan, listed by strategy, include:

Primary Prevention and Risk Reduction: Promoting change in behavior, policy, environment, or other systems to prevent or reduce the risk of developing cancer

  • Goal 1: Eliminate tobacco use to reduce new cases and deaths from tobacco-related cancers
  • Goal 2: Increase adoption of healthy behaviors to reduce new cases and deaths from cancers related to nutrition, physical activity, and obesity
  • Goal 3: Increase skin protection behaviors to reduce new cases and deaths from melanoma
  • Goal 4: Reduce the risk of cancers related to environmental carcinogens
  • Goal 5: Increase vaccination rates for vaccines shown to reduce the risk of cancer

Screening and Early Detection: Increasing risk-appropriate, evidence-based and timely screening services to detect pre-cancerous changes or cancers as early as possible, when treatment is more likely to be successful

  • Goal 6: Increase screening and early detection to increase the number of cancers diagnosed at an early stage and reduce deaths from breast cancer
  • Goal 7: Increase screening and early detection to reduce the number of new cases and deaths from cervical cancer
  • Goal 8: Increase screening and early detection to reduce the number of new cases and deaths from colorectal cancer
  • Goal 9: Increase screening and early detection among Texans at high risk for lung cancer to increase the number of cancers diagnosed at an early stage and reduce deaths from lung cancer
  • Goal 10: Increase screening and treatment for Texans at high risk for Hepatitis B and C infections to reduce new cases and deaths from liver cancer
  • Goal 11: Develop and implement screening and early detection methods for other cancers

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Palliation – Ensuring that all patients receive timely and effective diagnostics, treatment, and supportive care

  • Goal 12: Increase timely access to quality cancer diagnostic, treatment, and palliation services for all Texans

Quality of Life and Survivorship – Improving the health and well-being of cancer survivors, from the point of diagnosis throughout treatment, and beyond

  • Goal 13: Promote overall health and well-being of people affected by cancer

Infrastructure – Developing and strengthening a sustainable framework to support delivery of the most appropriate prevention and care services and policy, systems, and environmental changes

  • Goal 14: Strengthen the public health and clinical health care system infrastructure by supporting the delivery of the most appropriate evidence-based cancer prevention interventions and clinical care services.

Academic Research and Product Development Research – Accelerating the discovery, development, and dissemination of innovation in cancer prevention and treatment that holds the potential to reduce the burden of cancer

  • Goal 15: Support the highest quality and most innovative research, including clinical trials, that will enhance the potential for medical or scientific breakthroughs in cancer
  • Goal 16: Improve patient care by accelerating the movement of prevention interventions, therapeutics, diagnostics and technologies into practice

What You Can Do

The overall success of the Plan depends on the cooperation, collaboration, and resources of stakeholders across the state. Every Texan has the opportunity to reduce the burden of cancer in their community. Visit our What You Can Do page to see examples of what you can do to implement the Plan.

Our Coalition

CAT, our state cancer coalition, works collaboratively to promote and implement the Plan through quarterly meetings, priority area workgroups, and more. Anyone interested in CAT can fill out a membership application and submit it via email to Amanda Ivarra.

Cancer Plan Dashboard

Our Texas Cancer Plan dashboard tracks our progress towards the targets we set in 2018.

Last updated March 4, 2021