Pacific Cancer Programs

Cancer Prevention and Control Resources

One goal of the Pacific Cancer Programs is to provide a selection of relevant cancer related resources and/or links for our Pacific Islands partners. The resources are organized into seven key topic areas that are prioritized in the 5-year USAPI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plans and one-year implementation work plans.

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Key Cancer Publications

Key Cancer Publications: You will find a number of key cancer related publications from a variety of organizations and publishers in this section. The documents are extremely useful, directly downloadable from this site and are free of charge for use by health professionals, policy makers, the media and the general public to promote cancer prevention. These publications are readily accessed and will make a valuable contribute in cancer prevention and control in the Pacific region.

Cancer Prevention

Cancer Prevention: Staying well, taking care of ourselves and our families and preventing illness or disease is always the best approach. Prevention is also more cost-effective than cancer treatment. You will find a wealth of information in the websites and document links in this section about healthy lifestyles and avoiding exposure to occupational and environmental health hazards to help you, your family and your community prevent cancer incidence and deaths. For example, the TEN Recommendations for Cancer Prevention are located in this section. The Recommendations are based on the 2007 Expert Report from the World Cancer Research Fund United Kingdom (UK). This report contains the most comprehensive research available on cancer prevention. It outlines the diet, physical activity and weight management steps you can take to reduce your risk. Also, choosing not to smoke (or giving up if you do) can play a big role in reducing cancer. Together, these factors have the potential to prevent many cancer cases in the UK and around the world.

Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer prevention and screening: Cervical cancer continues to be a public health problem in many developing countries despite the availability of effective preventive measures such as vaccination and screening. Cervical cancer screening and prevention is essential. This section provides general and specific information on prevention and screening techniques with a Pacific Island-focus.

Cervical Cancer

Developing Human Resources for Health (HRH) in the Pacific: In this section the reader can find selected articles relating to HRH in the Pacific, as well as cancer and NCD in the USAPI. Many were co-authored by members of the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands and other health partners in the USAPI.

Tobacco Control and Use Prevention

Tobacco Prevention and Control: Tobacco use is the single most preventable risk factor related to all cancers and non-communicable diseases. Tobacco prevention is essential for the reduction of disparities in lung, throat, and oral cancers specifically and contributory in the prevention of most all other cancers. This section provides general information on tobacco facts, smoking reduction and cancer resources, resources with a Pacific Islands-focus, online training and resources, evidence based programs, and additional resources.

Diet, Nutrition and Exercise

Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Food, nutrition, and physical activity play an important role in cancer prevention. The information and resources provided below offer a comprehensive understanding of the important role these factors play in cancer prevention. Specific recommendations for cancer prevention are included below as well as resources, manuals, brochures, and links to beneficial books and published literature, including resources from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pacific Island Focused Resources

Pacific Islander - focused: In this section you will find information, resources and tools developed for, by and with Pacific Islanders. The section begins with a brief description of a variety of organizations that work with Pacific Islanders and what their websites offer. The second section focuses on relevant Pacific Islands-focused research tools available for improving health service delivery and health outcomes. The third section offers pamphlets and handouts in different Pacific Island languages on how to take steps to prevent breast and cervical cancer. The section also contains information about PIHOA, the regional membership organization comprised of senior health sector leadership in the USAPI. PIHOA has prioritized a number of regional initiatives, including Human Resources for Health and Non-communicable Diseases to meet the local needs of the people on the Pacific.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care and Cancer Survivorship: The resources in this section offer expertise from the global community, including how to implement effective palliative care for cancer. The selection of resources focuses on community-based care in particular. The WHO has developed a series of six modules that provide practical advice for program managers and policy-makers on how to advocate, plan and implement effective cancer control programs, particularly in low and middle income countries. The WHO series focuses on how palliative care is an essential part of cancer control and can be provided relatively simply and inexpensively.

Pacific Island Focused Resources

The Compacts of Free Association (CoFA): The Compacts of Free Association (CoFA) are individual agreements between the US Federal Government and the Governments of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau. The compacts provide for U.S. economic assistance (including eligibility for certain U.S. federal programs) and other benefits in exchange for security and defense of the Pacific Island countries by the U.S. defense forces and certain other operating rights in the Pacific, including denial of access to Pacific territories by other nations, and other related agreements. This section is dedication to information and contact details for migrants in Hawai'i under the Compacts of Free Association (CoFA).

National Patient Travel Center

National Patient Travel Center: The National Patient Travel HELPLINE provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network.

The purpose of the National Patient Travel Center is " ensure that no financially-needy patient is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance medical air transportation."

Funding for this website was made possible by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through the following:
Pacific CEED, award #: 5U58DP000976, Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry, award #: 5U58DP000835; Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, award #: U55/CCU923887.
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Funding Sources: PRCCR: #: 5U58DP000835  | Pacific CEED: #: 5U58DP000976 | RCCC: #: U55/CCU923887 

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