The mission of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality, and cancer-related health disparities in Montana. This mission is achieved by:
- Building local coalitions
- Implementing public education activities
- Partnering with organizations or systems to achieve increased cancer screening rates
- Performing evidence-based cancer control activities
- Cancer is the leading cause of death among Montana residents, closely followed by heart disease as the second-leading cause of death.
- The single greatest cancer prevention measure that can be implemented is tobacco use prevention and cessation.
- Approximately 80% of colorectal cancer could be prevented by colonoscopic screening that can find and remove polyps and other precancerous growths.
- Invasive cervical cancer has been almost eliminated by the widespread use of Papanicolaou (Pap) screening.