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Key Initiatives​

  • Stress primary prevention, or making healthy choices to stop cancer before it starts.
  • Help people find cancer early by getting screened at the right time.
  • Support people diagnosed with cancer through their treatment and beyond.
  • Promote access to health care for everyone.

Partnerships

Resources

Alaska's Tobacco Quit Line 1-800-QUIT-NOW

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Program Contacts

Comprehensive Cancer Control
3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage AK 99503

Jessica Quinn,
Program Manager
Phone: (907) 269-8092
Fax: 907-269-5446
Email: cancer@alaska.gov

Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Highlights

In Alaska, cancer has been the leading cause of death since 1993. Every year, more than 2,000 Alaskans are diagnosed with cancer. The annual cost to treat cancer in the state exceeds $200 million. Preventing cancer and ensuring the highest quality cancer care will help lower our state’s health care costs.

We use a comprehensive approach to prevent cancer and reduce its impact on Alaskans’ lives. This means bringing together all of Alaska’s cancer-fighting organizations — from hospitals to nonprofit organizations — to improve prevention and early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, survivorship, palliative and end-of-life care. As screening and treatment improve, more people are surviving and living with cancer.

Our program focuses on the following goals:

  • Educate the public, providers of medical care and health insurance, and policymakers on cancer issues
  • Prevent cancer from occurring
  • Detect cancer at its earliest stages
  • Diagnose and treat those with cancer using effective and quality care
  • Enhance survivorship and quality of life for all affected by cancer
  • Track cancer trends, incorporate new research and best practices
To achieve these goals, Alaska’s program convenes and manages a statewide coalition called the Alaska Cancer Partnership. Every five years, the partnership develops the Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, which serves as the blueprint for our coordinated statewide activities.

Individuals, communities, health care systems and providers can help prevent cancer and improve cancer outcomes in Alaska by doing the following:

Individuals

Communities: Public and Private Organizations

Health care providers 

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