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Cancer Control Efforts in Florida

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Florida takes a comprehensive approach in implementing cancer control efforts to reduce the disparities, morbidity and mortality associated with this disease. The foundation for these efforts are:

  1. The Florida Cancer Plan, which includes four goals addressing the state’s cancer control structure; cancer prevention; diagnosis, treatment and access to cancer care; and cancer survivorship
  2. State Cancer Councils, including the Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council, Florida Cancer Plan Council, and the Biomedical Research Advisory Council
  3. The Florida Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded program at the Florida Department of Health that coordinates these collaborative efforts amongst public and private partners in the state, and
  4. Regional Cancer Control Collaboratives which are groups of cancer stakeholders working collectively to address the goals of the Florida Cancer Plan on the local level
State Cancer Councils
The National and Florida Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Florida Cancer Plan

The current Florida Cancer Plan was created through a joint effort between the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council, the Florida Cancer Plan Council, statewide cancer stakeholders, and the Florida Department of Health.

The Florida Cancer Plan provides an overview of the cancer burden in Florida, health disparities by population, specific behavioral and preventive measures that may reduce one’s risk of cancer, and early detection techniques by 10 specific cancer sites or classifications.  The Florida Cancer Plan focuses on the following four goals:

Goal One: A coordinated approach among public and private cancer control stakeholders to implement cancer activities statewide.

Goal Two: Floridians practice the healthy behaviors associated with prevention of cancer or to reduction of risk.

Goal Three: Floridians have access to appropriate health information and effective health services for the timely detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

Goal Four: Floridians affected by cancer are aware of and have access to quality, appropriate services for quality of life, palliative care, and survivorship.

Cancer activities and initiatives throughout Florida are conducted based on the prioritized goals and strategies of the Florida Cancer Plan and there are respective committees that spearhead these efforts.  Each year, the goal specific committees monitor their efforts and update the priority strategies. Here are the 2014 Florida Cancer Plan priority strategies for the Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council and the regional cancer control collaboratives 

Additionally, Florida partners have created the Florida Cancer Plan Guide: Building Blocks to Reduce the Burden and Enhance Cancer Collaboratives, as an accompanying document, to provide a framework for cancer partners in coordinating local cancer control efforts. Statewide support and leadership is provided by the Florida Cancer Plan Council, the Governor-appointed Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council (CCRAB), as well as the network of regional partnerships that are comprised of volunteer cancer stakeholders called the regional cancer control collaboratives.

State Cancer Councils

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The Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council (CCRAB) was established by the Legislature in 1979 to advise the Legislature, Governor, and state Surgeon General on how to reduce the cancer burden in Florida (Florida Statute 1004.435). The Council monitors cancer trends and disparities, and also evaluates and promotes effective interventions to help in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment. Additionally, the Council develops position papers on cancer-related legislation and state policy issues. The council consists of four goal-specific committees to address the goals through priority strategies of the Florida Cancer Plan and an executive committee. Goal committees meet monthly via conference call and all interested stakeholders are welcome to join. Conference call schedules can be found on the CCRAB website.

Visit the CCRAB website for more information.

The Florida Cancer Plan Council (FCPC) was established in 2004 and is comprised of volunteer cancer stakeholders representing 24 areas across Florida that include the chairpersons of the regional cancer control collaboratives, the American Cancer Society, the American College of Surgeons, the Florida Cancer Data System, various medical societies, cancer hospitals, universities, and cancer survivors. Preliminarily, the roles and functions of the coordinating group have been identified as 1) leadership and direction for implementation of the Florida Cancer Plan, 2) coordination of the priorities and the people involved, 3) assuring accountability, and 4) providing support to the four regional collaboratives and other partners in their implementation efforts. The FCPC works in alignment with CCRAB, meeting together biannually and coordinating all efforts as one statewide advisory council.

Regional Cancer Control Collaboratives

Cancer collaboratives are regional groups of cancer stakeholders who meet on a routine calendar basis, and implement cancer control efforts to address the priority strategies of the Florida Cancer Plan Council (FCPC) and the Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council (CCRAB). To contact your regional cancer collaborative coordinator and become a member, see this map or the text equivalent.

The South and East American Indian Council was formed in 2011 and aims to build capacity and educate non-Federally recognized tribes, clans and bands on cancer prevention.

The Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC) is an 11-member Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC) that advises the State Surgeon General on the direction and scope of the James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program. Four of the BRAC members are appointed by the Governor. The BRAC is charged with developing the strategic objectives and priorities of the programs and with recommending which research proposals should be funded, based on the scientific merit of the proposals, as determined by open competitive peer review. Visit the BRAC website for more information.

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The National and Florida Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

In 2001, the Florida Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Program, housed in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, was created through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The main objective of the cooperative agreement is to reduce the cancer burden through a collaborative effort with public and private partners. The CDC started the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) to help states, tribes, and territories form coalitions, also called programs, to fight cancer. These coalitions collect data to determine the greatest cancer-related needs in their area, and develop and carry out CCC plans to meet those needs. To learn more about the CDC's National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program please visit

The CCC Program employs cancer control efforts through the development and implementation of a strategic and collaborative approach to implementing data- and evidence-based cancer education and prevention activities statewide. These cancer prevention activities include addressing risk behaviors which impede health such as tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure.

The CCC Program is responsible for: providing technical assistance to the regional cancer control collaboratives; providing program and technical support to county health departments and various cancer groups; distributing cancer health educational materials, information, and data; providing administrative support to the FCPC, oversight of contractual agreements and maintaining a program-specific website. The CCC Program also serves as a convener and facilitator of cancer stakeholders by providing networking opportunities, mobilizing cancer partners, promoting public and professional cancer educational campaigns, providing leadership and support on cancer issues statewide and coordinating with federal agencies.

Florida also received a competitive grant for Policy, Environment, and Systems (PES) Change, which works with the CCC Program to support the goals of the Cancer Plan. To increase access to screening and treatment, the PES Change Program is supporting the development of the Florida Community Health Worker (CHW) Coalition.

Additionally, the Program staff collaborates with the CDC's various media projects promoting healthy lifestyles and cancer risk reduction. Other responsibilities include working toward developing guidelines and policies pertaining to county health department activities. The CCC Program networks with other departmental programs within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and the department as a whole to coordinate activities for overlapping risk factors.

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