The Hawaii Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition unveiled the 2016-2020 Hawaii State Cancer Plan on Wednesday at its summit at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.
The plan presents a vision and a list of actions designed to reduce cancer in the Aloha State.
Cancer remains the second-leading cause of death in Hawaii.
“Improving screening and treatment is necessary to address the disparities that exist with men and minority populations,” said Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health.
Men and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders are more likely to die from the disease than women and other ethnicities, as the plan points out, because these groups are less likely to be regularly screened for cancer.
Men in Hawaii are 1.5 times more likely to die from cancer than women, due in part to lower screening rates.
From 2000 and 2014, men had 3,481 more cancer deaths than women, according to the DOH. While screening rates have improved over the last decade for both sexes, men are less likely to survive diagnosis, which indicates that they were not diagnosed early enough to prevent death.
In 2014, 9,200 more women than men were diagnosed with some type of cancer in Hawaii.