The Montana Cancer Control Programs (MCCP) is a part of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Bureau in the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The Montana Cancer Control Programs include the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, the Cancer Screening Program and the Cancer Surveillance and Epidemiology Program. The MCCP receives grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and State Special Revenue funds to implement cancer control activities.
The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program coordinates a statewide collaborative effort to implement the Montana Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. Comprehensive Cancer Control is broadly defined as “a coordinated approach to reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cancer through prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation”. This approach integrates multiple disciplines in a coordinated cooperative effort to address cancer prevention and control in Montana.
The Cancer Screening Program supports comprehensive cancer control in Montana by providing ongoing quality screening services to Montana men and women and education in a manner that is appropriate, accessible, cost-effective and sensitive to the client’s needs. Screening services include mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap tests and pelvic exams for the early detection of breast and cervical cancers and colonoscopies and FOBT tests for the early detection of colorectal cancer. Diagnostic testing is also provided for the follow-up of abnormal screening tests. For information about low cost screenings for eligible clients call: toll free 1 (888) 803-9343.
The Cancer Surveillance and Epidemiology Program (CSEP) uses data from the Montana Central Tumor Registry, the Montana Office of Vital Statistics, and other sources to monitor trends in cancer incidence and mortality. CSEP responds to inquiries from public health officials and private citizens about cancer concerns. The Montana Central Tumor Registry (MCTR) is the primary source of cancer statistics (incidence, trends, and survival) in Montana and has been continuously collecting cancer information statewide since 1979. The Registry’s goal is to collect, analyze, and disseminate quality cancer-related data to help reduce the burden of cancer in Montana.