What is the Colorado Cancer Plan? 

The Colorado Cancer Plan has guided the prevention, treatment and control of cancer statewide for more than 20 years. The 2016-20 state cancer plan continues in that tradition, providing a five-year framework to reduce the risk, incidence and mortality associated with cancer in Colorado. This plan represents a shared approach to overcoming Colorado’s cancer challenges through primary prevention, early detection, effective treatment and support for survivors from the time of diagnosis until the end of life.

The plan’s objectives are organized along the cancer continuum of care rather than by type of cancer. It is not a detailed action plan, but rather a roadmap of broad goals, specific objectives, and evidence-based strategies organized into these five areas of focus:

  • Prevention: Encourage healthy behaviors and a less harmful environment to lower the risk of cancer.

  • Screening: Promote the benefits and increased coverage of appropriate screening tests to ensure early and effective diagnosis.

  • Diagnosis and Treatment: Reduce the barriers to early diagnosis and treatment, ensure best practices and encourage participation in clinical trials.

  • Survivorship And End-Of-Life Care: Ensure services and resources necessary to support the continued physical and mental health of a growing number of cancer survivors.

  • Cross-Cutting: Support the integration and training of patient navigators and community health workers and promote awareness of available insurance coverage.

Cancer has an impact on all Coloradans. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends the Colorado Cancer Plan as a roadmap to preventing and controlling cancer. All Coloradans are touched by cancer. It is only by working together that we can reduce the burden of cancer in our state and make sure Colorado is the healthiest state in the nation.

How is the Colorado Cancer Plan updated?

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment led the development of the 2016-2020 Colorado Cancer Plan. Since January of 2015, a diverse group of individuals and organizations interested in cancer prevention and control was engaged in the development of the goals, objectives and strategies of the next iteration of the plan. A cancer plan steering committee, comprised of partners external and internal to CDPHE and representing the cancer continuum of care, was formed in December of 2014, and has provided guidance and input for the 2016-2020 Colorado Cancer Plan.

Why get involved? 

Each year, 23,000 Coloradans are diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 7,500 die from the disease. Whether personally diagnosed or not, it affects all of us- friends, family, neighbors and colleagues are impacted by cancer's toll

2016-2018 Timeline

  • February                   Cancer Plan Launched
  • March - June             Task Force Action Planning
  • July                          Action Plans Presented at Coalition meeting
  • July 2016- July 2018  Task Forces implement Action Plans