Action Plan

Improving Cancer Screening Rates


Cancer is the leading cause of death in Wisconsin. Cancer screenings can detect cancer at earlier stages and can help save lives. Unfortunately, too many Wisconsinites experience barriers to these early detection tools, resulting in increased cancer mortality.

In addition, while lung cancer is Wisconsin’s leading cause of cancer deaths, the screening for lung cancer is an underutilized tool in many communities across Wisconsin.

The goals of this two-part Action Plan are to reduce disparities in access to cancer screening, and to improve awareness of lung cancer screening.

The bottom line: Cancer screenings save lives.


Cancer Screening Disparities:

  • Gather and review data on cancer disparities to identify populations with low access/utilization of cancer screenings.
  • Disseminate data on cancer disparities.
  • Convene a cancer screening disparities advisory team to guide these efforts.
  • Create and convene a cancer screening networking group open to all WI Cancer Council members.
  • Gather, amplify, and share work already being done to address cancer disparities.

Lung Cancer Screening:

  • Complete a literature review to better understand lung cancer screening utilization and screening best practices.
  • Explore existing data and measures to track lung cancer screening use and share findings with Council members.
  • Increase provider awareness of lung cancer screening guidelines and strategies to discuss with patients.

Download the full Action Plan to see details, dates, and success measures.


RFP:¬†Implementation Grants to Address Cancer Screening Disparities —¬†The Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Wisconsin Well Woman Program, and Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System, are collectively soliciting grant proposals that support the implementation of early detection strategies aimed at reducing inequities in cancer outcomes.

Cancer in WI Infographic — Cancer is Wisconsin’s leading cause of death. Screening can help. This infographic is perfect for sharing online, or print it and post in your office, school, or exam room.

Lung Cancer in WI Infographic — Lung cancer kills more Wisconsinites than any other type of cancer. This infographic introduces users to the breadth of the disease and what can be done about it.

Screening Guidelines — A review of existing screening guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society.

Screen for Life — A project of the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, designed to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among adults 50-75 years old.

Sister Pact — This public awareness program encourages women to address their breast health. The goal of Sister Pact is to reduce breast cancer mortality disparities in Milwaukee.


Full list coming soon.


The WI Cancer Council has embarked on its first set of Action Plans — a targeted approach to cancer control efforts in Wisconsin, to better address areas of greatest need. Learn more about this Action Plan and how you can get involved.


  • Background data: Shared with WI Cancer Council Steering Committee on Nov. 8, 2017.
  • Webinar slides: Draft Action Plan presented to Council membership on Jan. 24, 2018.
  • Priority 7 Infographic: How many members were working on this issue and where they were located, as of May 30, 2017.


Contact Allison Antoine | [email protected]