Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States. According to the United States Cancer Statistics, approximately 1.7 million people were diagnosed with cancer and more than 599,265 people died of cancer in 2018. An estimated 16.9 million people survived cancer in 2019 according to the National Cancer Institute, with medical costs for cancer in the United States estimated at $150.8 billion for 2018.
In Nebraska, cancer was the second leading cause of death in 2018, accounting for 3,498 resident deaths. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services seeks funding to provide comprehensive evidence-based programs and resources to prevent, detect, and treat cancers and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors across the state. These outcomes can be achieved by increasing appropriate cancer screening services; eliminating barriers to health care services; implementing key evidence-based strategies; supporting state-wide cancer coalitions and cancer plans to guide strategic policy, systems, and environmental changes; decreasing disparities in cancer outcomes and care; and collecting and disseminating cancer surveillance data with enhanced use of cancer data for state planning. The attached application includes:
Program 1—The Nebraska Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program -- will implement programs to provide breast and cervical cancer screening services to uninsured and under-insured women and implement key evidence-based strategies to reduce structural barriers to screening within health systems. The program will focus resources on communities with highest disease burden and disparities in health outcomes to engage partners to develop collaborative plans to address disparities within their communities and increase cancer screening rates.
Program 2—Nebraska Comprehensive Cancer Control Program -- will build on the 2017-2022 Nebraska Cancer Control Plan and an effective partnership with the Nebraska Cancer Coalition. Funding will be utilized to implement a program to support cancer coalition efforts that leverage resources to plan and implement evidence-based strategies to promote the primary prevention of cancer, support early detection and screening efforts, address the needs of cancer survivors and caregivers, and promote health equity.
Program 3—Nebraska Cancer Registry Program -- will implement programs to maintain a comprehensive population-based cancer registry program, increase access to quality and timely cancer data, increase electronic reporting of data, maintain NPCR National Data Quality and Advanced National Data Quality Standards, increase the use of cancer data, and increase collaboration with Chronic Disease Programs at state and local levels.
Continuation of support will allow Nebraska to provide comprehensive evidence-based programs and resources to prevent, detect, and treat cancers and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors in the state.