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Indiana State Department of Health

Chronic Disease > Comprehensive Cancer Control > What Can You Do? What Can You Do?

The Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2010-2014 consists of six focus areas; primary prevention, early detection, treatment, quality of life, data, and advocacy. Each focus area has one goal, and multiple objectives and strategies. This strategic plan is designed so all Hoosiers can contribute to cancer control. To view the plan, please visit http://indianacancer.org/indiana-cancer-control-plan/.

Please see the following examples of what you and your organization can do to help work towards the goals and objectives outlined in this plan. Use these examples, along with any of the suggested strategies, to determine what actions you can take to reduce the cancer burden in Indiana. Or, fill in the blank spaces with your own ideas. Share your ideas by sending them to the Indiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, 2 N. Meridian St. 6-B, Indianapolis, IN, 46204, Attention: Program Manager.

HOSPITALS

  • Provide cancer awareness information to your employees and patients
  • Ensure your cancer cases are reported in a timely manner
  • Provide meeting space for cancer support groups
  • Collaborate to sponsor community screening programs
  • Acquire or maintain American College of Surgeons certification
  • Other: ____________________________________________________________

LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

  • Provide cancer awareness information to your employees and community
  • Facilitate healthy lifestyle campaigns
  • Work with physicians to promote screening programs and case reporting
  • Provide space for survivor support groups
  • Other: ____________________________________________________________

COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

  • Provide cancer awareness information to your employees and constituents
  • Promote cancer screening among clients
  • Encourage participation in clinical trials
  • Collaborate to provide community prevention programs
  • Other: ____________________________________________________________

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Provide cancer awareness information to employees and constituents
  • Promote cancer screening among clients
  • Encourage participation in clinical trials
  • Collaborate to provide community prevention programs
  • Other: ____________________________________________________________

EMPLOYERS

  • Join the Indiana Cancer Consortium's Employer Gold Standard program
  • Provide healthy foods in vending machines and cafeterias
  • Encourage employees to increase physical activity
  • Collaborate with health care providers to host screening events
  • Incentivize healthy behaviors
  • Other: ____________________________________________________________

SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES

  • Include cancer prevention messages in health classes
  • Provide healthy foods in vending machines and cafeterias
  • Increase physical education requirements
  • Make your entire campus smoke-free
  • Other: ____________________________________________________________

FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

  • Provide cancer prevention information to members
  • Encourage healthy potlucks and meeting meals
  • Open your building for walking clubs in cold weather
  • Promote compliance with recommended cancer screening guidelines
  • Other: ____________________________________________________________

PHYSICIANS

  • Ensure patients get appropriate cancer screening tests
  • Refer patients to smoking cessation resources, such as the Indiana Tobacco QUITLINE, and nutrition programs
  • Be sure your cancer cases are reported in a timely manner
  • Encourage patients to enroll in clinical trials
  • Make earlier referrals to hospice for end-of-life care
  • Other: ____________________________________________________________

LEGISLATORS

  • Appropriate funding for comprehensive cancer control
  • Sponsor or support legislation that promotes cancer prevention and control
  • Ensure that all Hoosiers have access to health care
  • Advocate for a statewide comprehensive smoke-free air bill
  • Other: ___________________________________________________________

HOOSIERS

  • Be tobacco-free
  • Consume the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables daily
  • Increase your daily physical activity
  • Educate yourself on recommended screenings and commit to being screened
  • Advocate for cancer prevention and control legislation
  • Consider enrolling in a clinical trial, if diagnosed
  • Show your support and care for those who are diagnosed with cancer
  • Volunteer with a hospital, health department, faith community, or local American Cancer Society
  • Other: ____________________________________________________________