Advocacy and Community Engagement are extremely wide-ranging issues that touch upon every facet of the continuum of care. In order for comprehensive cancer prevention and control to be effective, we must:

  • Create and sustain a cancer policy and legislative agenda that supports projects across the continuum;
  • Promote legislation and governmental actions that help decrease the burden of cancer; and
  • Disseminate information to the general public to increase awareness of cancer policy issues.

We are all affected by cancer. One out of every two men and one out of every three women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in his or her life. Thus, we all have a stake in reducing its burden. Whether we are health professionals, cancer survivors, researchers, or legislators, we can all advocate for policies that can support the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer; improve access to care; and reduce health disparities.

There is one key goal for this section that speaks to the broad array of partners that need to be engaged. The two objectives specify how to increase support for advocacy and the need to use evidenced based strategies.

For the Goals, Objectives and Strategies of the Advocacy & Community Engagement section please see pages 35-37 of the 2012 – 2016 Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan for Massachusetts  pdf format of 2012-2016 Comprehensive Cancer Prev./Control Plan
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This information is provided by the Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Network.