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.

Surveillance Data

 Quality data from cancer registries is a very useful tool for gaining information about cancer clusters or etiology of a particular cancer. This surveillance data specifies what area the patient lived in when diagnosed with cancer. Many cancer registries collect smoking habits, alcohol consumption, and occupation of the patient. These are all important factors that contribute to cancer formation.   Another source of useful information is state health department vital records, which usually contain the cause of death for individuals.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have become very popular in the last decade for identifying areas where hazardous waste spills have occurred. This information can then be detailed in the background with cancer registry data to identify unusual patterns or to identify cancer clusters that may be associated with environmental issues. Other uses for this system are to identify areas where programs are needed in order to make better use of limited resources.