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American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition

The American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition (ASCCC) began in June of 2004 with the task of developing a Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. Since then, it has developed into a Non-Governmental Organization that is community based.

The cancer plan is a road map of the efforts needed in American Samoa to reduce the cancer burden. Priorities are set on greatest needs and most achievable, realistic strategies and actions. Due to the lack of data, strategies and actions will be based upon a five-year time span. This will allow for changes to be made as data becomes more available.

Some cancer efforts are currently underway in American Samoa. The territorial cancer plan will identify existing efforts and strive not to duplicate those efforts, but rather where appropriate, to build, enhance, and expand on them, for the benefit of all people in American Samoa.

With these guidelines in place, coalition members decided upon six priorities. The first four of these priorities dealt with the changing of cancer rates in American Samoa. The last two dealt with enhancing the infrastructure of American Samoa’s cancer control. It was then decided that the coalition would divide into six workgroups that represented the cancer priorities and developed objectives, strategies, and actions for achieving these priorities. The priorities for changing cancer rates in American Samoa that were agreed upon were:

  • Prevention
    • Decrease Tobacco Smoking
    • Educate the public regarding nutrition
    • Increase the levels of physical activity
  • Early Detection
    • Increase screening rates.
    • Increase the screening capacity of health professionals.
    • Maintain screening supplies
  • Diagnosis/Treatment
    • Decrease the amount of time a patient
    • spends between diagnosis and treatment.
    • Increase the healthcare capacity for treatment on island.
    • Increase the laboratory capacity for diagnosing cancers on island.
  • Quality of Life
    • Educate and improve quality of life services
    • Assure that all cancer programs and services are comprehensive
    • Reduce the financial burden
  • Enhancing Infrastructure of American Samoa’s Cancer Control Data
    • Develop/improve the collection of set data
    • Improve linkages
    • Identify and implement new ways of turning data into action
  • Cost
    • Reduce the financial burden

Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Plan

Vision

To have a cancer free American Samoa

Mission

To coordinate cancer education, prevention, early detection, treatment, support, and research efforts to improve the quality of life for American Samoa’s residents.

Goals

The underlying of goals of the American Samoa Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan were identified:

  1. Promote the collection and use of information to increase professional and public understanding and education about cancer and its impact on American Samoa’s residents.
  2. Encourage and promotion of American Samoa residents as a step towards preventing cancer.
  3. Increase the percentage of American Samoa residents who appropriately access and utilize screening services to diagnose cancer at its earliest stages.
  4. Increase the percentage of American Samoa residents who have access to state-of-the-art cancer diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, rehabilitation, and palliative care services.
  5. Increase the support of policies that enable cancer prevention and control to improve the health and environment on American Samoa.
  6. Warrant programs and activities to eliminate disparities in cancer incidence and mortality in American Samoa due to gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, insurance status, place of residence, or age.

Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Plan Download

Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) Members

Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga

  • Title: American Samoa CCPI Director
Moira Wright

Ms. Moira Wright

  • Title: American Samoa CCPI Director

Contact Information

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Roseann Hunkin

  • Title: Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Coordinator
  • Tel: (684) 699-5483
  • Email: rhunkin@doh.as
  • Address:
    P.O. Box 4248
    Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
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Reupena Sheck

  • Title: Program Coordinator
  • Tel: (684) 699-5483
  • Email: reupena.sheck@doh.as
  • Address:
    Department of Health
    P.O. BOX 5666
    PagoPago, American Samoa 96799
Pine Semisi

Pine Semisi

  • Title: American Samoa Cancer Registrar
  • Tel: (684) 633-4589
  • Email: ascancer.registry684@gmail.com
  • Address:
    American Samoa Cancer Registry
    P.O. Box 5941
    Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799

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