Significant strides have been made in the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancers. Several cancers can be successfully treated if detected early, while other cancers can even be prevented from developing. However, cancer continues to be the leading cause of death in South Carolina.
The goal of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) is to reduce the number of cancer cases and cancer deaths among our citizens in South Carolina. Staff collaborates with individuals, organizations and communities to encourage and facilitate cancer prevention, early detection and appropriate care for those diagnosed with cancer.
Internally the DCPC collaborates with the South Carolina Central Cancer Registry to obtain data to be used for planning, monitoring and evaluation of cancer related activities throughout the state.
The DCPC is the lead partner with the South Carolina Cancer Alliance, a statewide not of profit cancer organization that seeks to reduce the burden of cancer in South Carolina.
DCPC meets quarterly with the Cancer Control Advisory Committee, a group that is legislatively mandated and advises DHEC on cancer related matters.
The South Carolina Division of Cancer Prevention and Control is made up of the following program areas:
- Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
- The Best Chance Network (BCN): Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
- WISEWOMAN: Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation
For additional information please call (803) 898-1615.