Oklahoma State Cancer Plan Sets Ambitious Goals For Reducing Deaths

Soonercare has programs to cover screening and treatment for breast and cervical cancer in low-income women who wouldn't normally qualify for state insurance coverage, but that doesn't exist for colon or lung cancer screening, said Jo Stainsby, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. Some patients can find that type of care through hospital charitable care programs, she said.

Oklahoma hasn't elected to expand Soonercare to more low- and middle-income adults, as allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

The goals related to obesity could be even more difficult to reach. The plan calls for the percentage of adults who are obese to fall from about 33 percent to about 30 percent by 2022. It also sets a goal of reducing teen obesity from about 17 percent to about 15 percent.

To reach those goals, the state will need to continue engaging schools, local communities and workplaces to make small changes that offer people the chance to make healthier choices, said Julie Bisbee, spokeswoman for the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.

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