Plan provides actionable strategies for individuals and organizations to reduce the burden of cancer
Richmond, VA (February 8, 2023)—The Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia (CACV) today releases the fifth edition of the Virginia Cancer Plan (VCP), which provides a roadmap for how Virginians can work together to reduce the burden of cancer and increase health equity between 2023–2027. CACV coalesces experts and coalition members to provide statewide guidance, support, leadership and coordination of cancer prevention and control activities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VCP is based on the most critical cancer concerns for Virginia and is the output of data with strategic recommendations to address cancer and make positive, lasting change.
More than 400,000 Virginians live with a cancer diagnosis, and 4 in 10 Virginians will likely receive a cancer diagnosis in their lives. While there are more than 200 types of classified cancers, the most commonly diagnosed in Virginia are: breast (32%), prostate (22%), lung (12–14%) and colon (8–9%).
“Each of us has an equal right to health care, support and compassion, and we all have a role to play in reducing the burden of cancer,” said Jessica Deering, executive director of CACV. “This plan will provide the direction to better understand and reduce cancer disparities through research, education and clinical practice.”