Cancer Prevention & Control

We work to reduce cancer risk factors and promote cancer screenings, especially for groups affected by disparities, which are differences in health across different geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.  

Each year in Kansas, more people are diagnosed with cancer, and many die from it, making it a leading cause of death in Kansas. The cost of cancer care continues to rise. Research shows that more than half of cancer deaths could be prevented through healthy choices, screening and vaccinations. 

Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer is one that affects both men and women, it does not have to be. Timely screening allows for early detction, and creates better health outcomes.

Learn more about how our Colorectal Cancer Control program is working with primary clinics to increase screening rates. 

Promote Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening

Regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying of breast cancer. Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early. The Pap test can find abnormal cells in the cervix that may turn into cancer, while the human papillomavirus (HPV) test identifies the virus that can cause these abnormal cell changes. 

Our Early Detection Works program helps eligible Kansans recieve breast and cervical cancer screenings at no cost. 

Our Work in the State - the Kansas Cancer Partnership

  • Build groups of partners who are willing to share resources and expertise.
  • Use data from cancer registries, behavioral risk factor surveys, and other sources to learn more about the cancers and risk factors that affect their communities most.
  • Develop and use strategic plans to address these cancers and risk factors.
  • Support lifestyle changes to prevent cancer.
  • Improve access to screening and treatment.
  • Reduce cancer risk factors and improve cancer outcomes for groups with health disparities.
  • Respond to the needs of cancer survivors and their families, especially their physical, financial and emotional well-being.