The new cancer plan for the state of West Virginia has been released by the Mountains of Hope committee. It’s a statewide organization of healthcare professionals and administrators that gather one or two times each year to look at the biggest challenges in regards to cancer in the state.
The newest release is focusing on the four biggest malignancies in West Virginia: breast, colon, prostate and lung cancers.
They look at ways to address the diseases, and how to identify them earlier with screening and education, especially for the un-insured and under-insured.
“Ultimately, the healthcare of West Virginians is their mission. And again, they do it right, whether we can improve screening, improve detection and improve outcomes, time will tell,” said Dr. Jondavid Pollock, a Radiation Oncologist at the Schiffler Cancer Center at Wheeling Hospital.
Dr. Pollock added Mountains of Hope is the ‘tip of the sword’ in the state in terms of applying for and gaining federal funding. Since West Virginia is a less populated state, he said sometimes they don’t get the federal dollars they need.
He encourages people to reach out and support Mountains of Hope and their mission of educating patients in West Virginia about cancer.