The North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control (ACCCC) is a legislatively mandated committee comprised of 34 members, including but not limited to representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Public Instruction, NC legislators, NC medical schools, the Cancer Committee of the NC Medical Society, Old North State Medical Society, NC Hospital Association, NC Association of Local Health Directors, Medical Directors of the NC Association of Health Plans, clinicians, and cancer survivors. The ACCCC meets twice a year.
The mission of the Advisory Committee is to facilitate the reduction of cancer incidence and mortality for all North Carolinians, enhance statewide access to quality treatment and support services, and maximize quality of life for all North Carolina cancer survivors, patients, and their loved ones through educating and advising government officials, policy makers, public and private organizations, and the public.
The Prevention Subcommittee promotes healthy behaviors and environments that reduce the risk of developing cancer. Areas include, but are not limited to: nutrition and physical activity, tobacco use reduction, ultraviolet radiation, and chemoprevention.
The Early Detection Subcommittee works to expand the appropriate use of proven cancer-related modalities and appropriate follow-up abnormalities. Areas include, but as not limited to: colorectal, breast and cervical, prostate, endometrial, oral, ovarian, skin, and testicular cancers.
Care and Treatment
The Care and Treatment Subcommittee address a continuum of services from cancer diagnosis to treatment, care, survivorship, and palliative care. Areas include, but are not limited to: identify and reduce financial, geographic, and other barriers to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and heath care services, as well as pain control, patient navigation, and survivorship in North Carolina.
Evaluation, Surveillance and Research
The Evaluation, Surveillance, and Research Subcommittee conducts an assessment of partners’ activities and participation in meeting the goals and objectives related to the NC State Cancer Control Plan. Subcommittee members will provide surveillance in the monitoring and review of the data regarding the health of populations. Subcommittee members will also assist with research regarding data for the Advisory Committee’s needs.
Legislation and Education
The Legislation and Education Subcommittee is made up of legislators and Advisory Committee members who provide policy and funding support for cancer control in North Carolina. The goal of the Legislation and Education Subcommittee is for awareness of needed policy change and legislative passage as well as funding support for cancer control in North Carolina. The Advisory Committee chair will be the ex-officio for this subcommittee.