The Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia
Since 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) has made great strides to reduce the burden of cancer, determine cancer control priorities, address disparities, and develop and implement cancer plans in the United States. Cancer coalitions that partner with NCCCP form groups of dedicated individuals, community members, professionals, and cancer survivors who share their expertise, resources, and ideas to address cancer control priorities and cancer disparities that are too broad for one entity to reach.
The Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia (CACV) was formed in 1998 as the Cancer Plan Advisory Committee. Under the guidance of the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia’s first cancer plan was developed in 1998 by a team of committed volunteers. Since then, Virginia has developed and updated the cancer plan every five years.
Today, CACV serves as an important alliance of organizations and individuals working together to provide statewide guidance, support, leadership and coordination of cancer prevention and control activities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The mission of the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia (CACV) is to reduce the burden of cancer for all persons living in Virginia utilizing the Virginia Cancer Plan to provide a forum for collaboration, education, and advocacy.
Our key program is to develop the Virginia Cancer Plan every 5 years which provides a roadmap to addressing the burden of cancer in the Commonwealth. The first plan was developed in 1998. This plan is a framework that presents priority objectives, goals, and strategies to reduce cancer risk, eliminate preventable cancers, and minimize cancer deaths and disabilities.
Cancer is too big a problem to fight alone. CACV fosters relationships between healthcare systems, non-profits, community organizations and individuals throughout Virginia to implement the goals and objectives of the plan.