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Cancer Prevention and Control

Working to Address Cancer in Oregon

The Oregon Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (OCCCP) works alongside other chronic disease prevention programs to support state and community initiatives through policy, systems and environmental approaches.  OCCCP works collaboratively with multiple public health, health system, community, and advocacy partners at the local, state, and federal levels to address the modifiable root causes of cancers, improving screening rates and community-clinical linkages for at-risk populations, and improve the health and quality of life for cancer survivors.

Featured Publications

Cancer has been the leading cause of death in Oregon since 2000, when it surpassed heart disease.  As in other parts of the county, the cancers with the highest incidence and mortality in Oregon are lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers.  While cancer is a primary concern for all communities, the burden of cancer does not fall equally on all Oregonians.  Oregon cancer surveillance data has consistently demonstrated that cancer rates are often higher in parts of the state and among different demographic groups with higher rates of key modifiable risk factors, especially tobacco use, physical activity, poor nutrition, alcohol use, and low screen rates.

Since 1998, the Oregon Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (OCCCP) has received funding from the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to coordinate with Oregon State Cancer Registry (OSCaR) and ScreenWise, Oregon’s breast and cervical cancer early detection program to develop and implement a comprehensive cancer control program in Oregon. Through this partnership, OCCCP has focused on working collaboratively with multiple public health, health system, community, and advocacy partners at the local, state, and federal levels to address the preventable root causes of cancers including tobacco use, excess alcohol, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity; improving screening rates and community-clinical linkages for at-risk populations; and improving the health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
The Public Health Division pools resources from multiple chronic disease programs and focusing on the common risk factors of tobacco use, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol use, and poor nutrition across all Oregon communities. This integrated approach has been effective not only in lowering cancer burden in Oregon, but also in reducing other chronic disease rates, and in maintaining the sustainability of many programs and initiatives contributing to cancer control.

5-Year Strategic Plan (2012-2017)

The 5-Year Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention (HPCDP) Strategic Plan tackles chronic disease prevention with a comprehensive, community-wide approach to help people eat better, move more, live tobacco free, and take care of themselves. This means achieving better health, better care, and lower health care costs for all Oregonians.

Download the HPCDP Strategic Plan (pdf)


Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-Related Cancers: Assessment of prevention programs, policies and measure

Recommendations for HPV prevention and cancer control, report to the Oregon State Legislature, September 1, 2014

This report was prepared by the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division as required by Senate Bill 722a passed by the 2013 Oregon Legislature to address concerns about an increase in HPV-related cancers among Oregonians.

Executive Summary (pdf)

Full Report (pdf)

Colorectal cancer - The cancer YOU can prevent

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Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer.
But it doesn't have to be.

Screening can prevent colorectal cancer or catch it when it is highly treatable. Too few men and women in Oregon are getting screened. There are several reliable screening tests; some cost as little as $25 and all are covered by insurance. Get screened....then tell a friend to!


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ScreenWise is a statewide network of providers offering breast cancer, cervical cancer and heart disease screenings and diagnostic services to low income women living in Oregon. The ScreenWise mission is to reduce breast cancer, cervical cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases by promoting early detection, screening, and risk reduction support.

Participants seeking information about family history collection and genetic conditions will be connected to the Oregon Genetics Program.

Patients diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer may be eligible for treatment through the State Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP), regardless of whether they were enrolled in ScreenWise when they were diagnosed. Call OHP at 800-699-9075 for further information regarding BCCTP.

Patients: Call 211 for patient assistance information and referral.

Providers: If you are a provider seeking information about ScreenWise, please call the 211 Provider Line to speak with a ScreenWise Specialist at (971) 277-6816.

Need help to quit smoking or want to learn more about tobacco prevention in Oregon?

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Smokefree Oregon is all of us - individuals, communities, organizations and health workers - who want a healthier environment for all Oregonians.  Even if you've never smoked, or if you're struggling to quit, we all have something to gain.  Smokefree Oregon is about setting our state free from the burden of tobacco.  It's about saving dollars - and saving lives.

What we eat and how we move is related to where we live

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Achieving lifelong health for all people in Oregon includes good nutrition and active living to 
maintain a healthy weight and prevent many cancers.  Access to good nutrition and places to
exercise are not the same in every part of the state.  Much can be done to maintain, improve
and create healthy communities that support people in making healthy choices.
The state Public Health Division works with local partners across Oregon on community solutions
focused on policy, systems and environmental change to help increase healthy food choices and
connect people to places and opportunities where they can be regularly active.

Want to make your workplace healthy?

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Wellness at Work is a public-private partnership that aspires to reach more than one million Oregonians with workplace policies and programs that support employees to eat healthier, move more, quit tobacco, and use the kinds of health care that will improve and sustain their health.

Included at this site are:

  • A free worksite assessment
  • Steps to building a culture of health
  • Model policies for making your workplace tobacco free, and more

Healthy Worksites website

Need help living well as a cancer survivor?

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Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a six-week workshop that provides tools for living a healthy life with chronic health conditions including cancer. Through weekly sessions, the workshop provides support and tools for managing stress, medications, communication with your health care providers, and more.

To find a workshop near you:

Call 1-888-576-7414 or visit the Living Well website

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