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Early Detection

Task Force Vision:

Promote, increase, and optimize high-quality cancer screening and early detection for all Nevadans

The Early Detection Task Force (EDTF) is a partnership of individuals from primary care, diagnostics, insurers, and community organizations working together on activities related to breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung cancer screening. Meetings are quarterly with partner updates, development of programs and tools for partner use, discussion of new opportunities, and networking.

Current Task Force Objectives:

Task force objectives align with priorities set forth in the 2016-2020 Nevada Cancer Control Plan and those identified by partners within the state.

  • Increase the percentage of Nevadans up-to-date with breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening, and increase screening rates for lung cancer.

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  • Staff Contact: Kristen Power
  • Chairperson: Lisa Dettling, Nevada Health Centers
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Skin Cancer

Task Force Vision:

Decrease the incidence of melanoma in Nevada and reduce mortality through sun safety education and awareness, and early detection.

The Skin Cancer Task Force is a partnership of individuals working together to implement policy and environmental changes to increase opportunities for sun safety education and awareness, primarily through the Sun Smart Nevada project. The task force also works to increase education on skin cancer and melanoma to promote prevention and early detection.

Current Task Force Objectives:

Task force objectives align with priorities set forth in the 2016-2020 Nevada Cancer Control Plan and those identified by partners within the state.

  • Add one new school district to the Sun Smart Schools program for 2017-2018 school year.
  • Increase community awareness for skin cancer prevention sun safety through policy and environmental changes.
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Surveillance and Research

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The Nevada Surveillance and Research Task Force is formed to address the goals and objectives identified in the 2016-2020 Nevada State Cancer Plan to ensure complete and timely collection, dissemination, and utilization of comprehensive and cancer-related surveillance data for cancer control planning, implementation, evaluation, and research in Nevada. More specifically:

  • Goal 5.1: Improve Nevada Central Cancer Registry’s (NCCR) certification status to Silver Certification in 2016 and to Gold Certification by 2018. This includes identifying underreporting issues, modifying NAC 457, and establishing data quality feedback for providers to ensure compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Goal 5.2: Produce research and cancer control information useful for stakeholders and the public in Nevada. This includes identifying priority areas for epidemiological and research reports through stakeholder input, and disseminating timely data and research reports to various audiences.
  • Additionally, Goals 3.3 and 3.4: are to increase the enrollment of adults and children in clinical trials, involving research as to the current use of short form consents and identifying all providers of clinical trials across the state.
Current Task Force Objectives:
  • Serve as Advisory Board for the Nevada Central Cancer Registry
  • Work with Nevada Cancer Registrars Association
  • Increase awareness of and participation in cancer clinical trials, especially almond underserved populations, and to identify opportunities for additional and future research
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Survivorship and Palliative Care

Task Force Vision:

Improve Nevada cancer survivors’ quality of life through increased awareness, education, and access to survivorship resources and services, as well as palliative care, while also increasing knowledge of both survivorship and palliative care among health care professionals.

This task force meets every other month and brings together nurse navigators, survivorship program coordinators, palliative care physicians and practitioners, survivors, and advocates.

Current Task Force Objectives:

Task force objectives align with priorities set forth in the 2016-2020 Nevada Comprehensive Cancer Plan and those identified by partners within the state.

  • Increase the number of educational opportunities on survivorship and palliative care for adults at nursing and medical schools within the state and for primary care providers, oncologists, and nurses.
  • Increase the number of survivorship care programs for adults in Nevada.
  • Identify opportunities to expand survivorship and palliative care to cancer patients and survivors in Nevada.
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  • Staff Contacts: Kristen Power
  • Chairperson: Tom McCoy, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
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