Across Michigan, hospitals, primary care settings, physician
offices, professional and trade organizations, community-based organizations,
state and local agencies, and many other organizations and agencies are
taking action to significantly reduce the cancer burden in our state.
You can help, too. Here are the types of things you can do:
If you are a health care
provider, you can work to ensure that your clients receive
regular and age-appropriate cancer screening, with timely follow-up
of any abnormal results, by:
using standing orders for age-appropriate cancer
sending personalized notices to patients to remind
them that they are due for screening; and
assessing how well they are doing in terms of client
compliance with cancer screening recommendations.
If you work for a health care
organization, you can provide your clients with culturally
appropriate, easy-to-understand information about:
cancer risk and prevention;
diagnostic and treatment options;
clinical cancer trials; and
the role of hospice and end-of-life care services.
If your organization is a
business or a corporate group, you can modify your employee
benefit packages and company policies to ensure that they provide:
paid time off for cancer screening;
incentives for non-smokers; and
coverage for cancer treatments, including participation
in clinical cancer trials.
If you are a health care provider
who works with community-based coalitions, service organizations,
churches or other religious organizations, or survivor groups,
you can raise awareness and promote access to cancer care services
sponsoring organized health and wellness events;
providing needed transportation to screening, diagnostic
and treatment services; and
actively advocating for cancer prevention, early
detection, and proper treatment.
If you belong to a professional
or trade organization, you can educate your members about
the Michigan Cancer Consortium Initiative and important cancer prevention
and control issues by:
including cancer-related articles and updates in
member newsletters and journals;
offering cancer-related workshops and seminars
at annual meetings and special conferences; and
encouraging members to advocate for public policies
that will help further cancer prevention and control efforts.
If your organization already
is an MCC member, you can communicate with existing member
organizations and reach out to new partners, looking for ways to:
conserve or obtain new resources for the fight
pilot new ways to improve the quality of care for
cancer patients; and
adopt cancer prevention, detection and treatment
strategies that have been proven to work.
Contact the MCC to
learn more about what you and others in your organization can do to:
Help Michigan residents lower their cancer risk;
Enhance the level of cancer prevention and control
services available at Michigan doctors' offices, clinics, and health
Improve the quality of care for Michigan residents
who are diagnosed with cancer; and
Recruit other organizations to join with us to reduce
the human and economic toll cancer takes on our state.