Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
Division of Cancer
Prevention and Control
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Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
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What CDC is Doing
Cancer surveillance is the collection of information about cancer, including
- Which groups of people are more or less likely to get breast cancer.
- How far the breast cancer has spread at the time it is diagnosed.
- How the cancer is treated (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other treatment).
This information allows scientists to
- See how breast cancer rates change over time and whether more women are being diagnosed before their cancer has spread.
- See how cancer affects different groups of people.
- Plan cancer prevention and control programs and determine if they are working.
CDC supports cancer surveillance through
- National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)
Funded by CDC, this program collects information about cancer in the United States through state-based cancer registries. This information is used in breast cancer research and to answer community questions and concerns about cancer.
- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The BRFSS is the world's largest ongoing telephone health survey system that gathers information by state on health risks in the United States. Information about our lifestyle (how much we exercise, what we eat), our habits or behaviors (like smoking or drinking alcohol), our family history, or other factors that may impact our risk of getting cancer is collected. The BRFSS also collects information about how many women have been screened for breast cancer.
- National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
This survey collects information about many different kinds of diseases and how they impact people's lives. It also collects information about breast cancer screening and risk factors for breast cancer.
The CDC supports many programs designed to prevent or control cancer.
- National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)
This program provides quality breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured, and underserved women. These services can help find breast and cervical cancer at the earliest stages. Since 1991, the NBCCEDP has served more than 2.7 million women. In 2004, the NBCCEDP screened 391,968 women for breast cancer using mammography, and screened 336,442 women for cervical cancer using the Pap test.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP)
This program helps communities combine resources so they can start programs to help lower the number of people getting cancer. They also help communities start programs that allow people who do get cancer to get better treatment and have a better quality of life.
- CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO)
The DNPAO helps prevent and control chronic health problems with programs that help people be physically active and stay at a healthy weight, which can help lower the risk of breast cancer.
- CDC's National Office of Public Health Genomics (NOPHG) examines the ways that research in human genetics can be used to improve health and prevent disease, including breast cancer.