Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan

The Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control (CNCCC) Project assists in the development of networks and collaboration that produce an infrastructure for a comprehensive approach to cancer within the Cherokee Nation. Since 2003, coalition members and partners have come together to discuss the burden of cancer in Cherokee Nation. Coalition members and partners include local, regional, state and national representatives committed to identifying areas of cancer concern, planning interventions, prioritizing greatest areas of identified need, and then implementing identified strategies and/or providing needed resources. This is the second edition of the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and will serve, like the first, as an information resource for health care professionals and community members, as well as a tool for the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition and its respective entities. The coalition is committed to the process of enhancing infrastructure for comprehensive cancer control in the Cherokee Nation with the ultimate goal of reducing morbidity and mortality among the Cherokee community.

U.S and Oklahoma Incidence Rates by Site

The information in Table 1 shows age-adjusted incidence rates for Oklahoma and the US. As noted in the table, lung and bronchial cancer has higher incidence in the state of Oklahoma when compared to the U.S. This is largely due to the higher prevalence of those who smoke in Oklahoma, the lower cost of cigarettes compared to other states at the time, and the lack of prevention programs implemented from the use of the Tobacco Settlement Funds for the State of Oklahoma.

 

Age-Adjusted Incidence Rates by Site for Oklahoma and the US (1997-2001)
Site
Oklahoma Age-Adjusted Rates (1997-2001)
US Age-Adjusted Rates (1997-2001)
Lung and Bronchus
81.8
69.2
Breast
70.3
72.5
Prostate Gland
60.8
72.5
Colon, Excluding Rectum
40.1
41.4
Urinary Bladder
18.0
22.1
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas
17.3
19.0
Rectum and Recto Sigmoid
13.5
15.2
Ill defined & Unknown sites
12.9
12.5
Kidney and Renal pelvis
11.8
12.1
Melanomas of the Skin
10.6
15.1
All Sites
449.2
478.6
* Rate per 100,000
Age-Adjusted to 2000 US Population