The Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program
(CPEST) provides and administers grants to local health departments and
academic centers to reduce cancer mortality and cancer disparities in
The Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund (CRF) was established in 2000
by the Maryland General Assembly (SB896/HB4125) to reduce the cancer
incidence and mortality in Maryland. The legislation required the
establishment of a local public health component to coordinate efforts
in each jurisdiction. The local public health component of the CRF is
the Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program
The purpose of the CPEST Program is to reduce cancer mortality in
Maryland and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes among whites and
ethnic minorities. There are seven targeted cancers identified as
priorities under the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund Program (CRFP).
CRFP funds may be used to provide prevention, early detection, and/or
treatment services for the targeted cancers. The seven-targeted cancers
are lung and bronchus, colorectal, breast, cervical, prostate, skin
(melanoma), and oral cancers.
In 2000, legislation in Maryland directed that part of the Tobacco Settlement monies
be distributed in Maryland according to each jurisdiction's incidence
and mortality for cancer. These funds were for cancer prevention,
education, screening, and treatment (CPEST). The Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) identified seven "targeted" cancers, one of
which was colorectal cancer. Each jurisdiction in Maryland was required
to form a Community Health Coalition that would formulate a cancer
control plan and submit it to the DHMH in application for funding.
convened a Colorectal Cancer Medical Advisory Committee in the fall of
2000, which formulated the initial Minimal Elements for Colorectal
Cancer Screening, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Education.
of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions "targeted" colorectal cancer (CRC) in
their plans and were funded for CPEST activities by late spring 2001.
Each of the 23 jurisdictions:
Maryland Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Program InformationMaryland Oral Cancer Program InformationMaryland Prostate Cancer Program InformationMaryland Skin Cancer Program Information
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