Office of Cancer Control and Prevention

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Task Force Objectives

  • 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