State Looks To Update Cancer Plan

Jul 16, 2015

Credit health.wyo.gov

Wyoming residents are being asked to discuss ways cancer can be better detected and treated at a meeting today in Casper. 

Julie Tarbuck oversees Wyoming’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. Tarbuck says they are developing the next State Cancer Control plan and they want to develop new ways to address everything from diagnosis to quality of life.

She says overcoming the challenges faced by those in rural parts of the state remains an issue. For instance, Tarbuck says the lack of health care providers makes detection difficult.         

“But because of the rurality of Wyoming and the access to those screening facilities, it’s difficult. And people don’t often want to travel to get their colonoscopy or mammogram.” 

Tarbuck says treatment and helping cancer patients maintain a high quality of life can also be difficult. She says feedback at the meeting will help develop the next cancer control plan for the state. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Casper Hilton Garden Inn.