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Control and Prevention
Division of Cancer
Prevention and Control
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About CDC Cancer Prevention and Control

Download the 2006/2007 Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Fact Sheet (PDF-92KB).

At A Glance
Preventing and Controlling Cancer: The Nation's Second Leading Cause of Death
Preventing and Controlling Cancer: The Nation's Second Leading Cause of Death

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leader in nationwide efforts to ease the burden of cancer. Through the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, CDC works with national cancer organizations, state health agencies, and other key groups to develop, implement, and promote effective strategies for preventing and controlling cancer.

Ongoing Work

CDC provides funding and assistance to help states, tribes/tribal organizations, and territories collect data on cancer incidence and deaths, cancer risk factors, and the use of cancer screening tests. Public health professionals use the data to identify and track cancer trends, strengthen cancer prevention and control activities, and prioritize the use of resources.

Conducting Research and Evaluation
CDC conducts and supports studies designed to help the cancer community better understand the factors that increase cancer risk, and identify opportunities to prevent cancer. CDC also evaluates the feasibility and effectiveness of strategies designed to prevent and control cancer.

Building Capacity and Partnerships
CDC works with partners to translate research into public health programs, practices, and services. To ensure that innovations reach the people who most need them, CDC helps states, tribes/tribal organizations, and territories build the capacity to apply scientific advances to the development of strong cancer control programs.

CDC develops communication campaigns and materials designed to teach health professionals, policy makers, the media, and the public about cancer prevention and control.

Future Directions

To further its overarching goal of ensuring that people are healthy in every stage of life, CDC will:

  • Enhance its relationships with partners and policy makers to increase the effectiveness of cancer prevention and control activities nationwide.

  • Expand the use of information technology in cancer surveillance, particularly in cancer registries.

  • Improve the cost-effectiveness of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

  • Expand CDC's focus to include malignancies not previously addressed, such as lung cancer and malignancies of the head and neck.

  • Define the proper role for management of chronic diseases, including cancer, in the case of catastrophic disaster.

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Page last reviewed: March 14, 2007
Page last updated: March 14, 2007
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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