Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
Division of Cancer
Prevention and Control
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National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) overall mission is to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.
NCI is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of eight agencies that compose the Public Health Service (PHS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). NCI, established under the National Cancer Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The National Cancer Act of 1971 broadened the scope and responsibilities of NCI and created the National Cancer Program. Over the years, legislative amendments have maintained NCI authorities and responsibilities and added new information dissemination mandates as well as a requirement to assess the incorporation of state-of-the-art cancer treatments into clinical practice.
CDC has an interagency agreement with the NIH and NCI. The purpose of this agreement is to facilitate interagency collaborations around research and programmatic activities. Below are examples of CDC collaborations.
CDC and NCI, in collaboration with the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR), annually combine their cancer incidence data sources to produce official federal cancer statistics on cancer incidence (for a single year for each registry that met data quality criteria) in the United States Cancer Statistics: Incidence and Mortality Report. Mortality statistics from CDC's National Vital Statistics System also are included.
CDC, NAACCR, NCI, and the American Cancer Society (ACS) collaborate to produce the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, an annual publication that began in 1998. The 2007 edition was released in October, 2007, with a special section on cancer in American Indians and Alaska Natives. Reports for previous years are available in the Archive of the Annual Reports to the Nation.
CDC is collaborating with NCI to collect, analyze, and present data on cancer prevention and control practices of a nationally representative sample of 36,000 U.S. adults interviewed as part of the year 2000 National Health Interview Survey. CDC and NCI also collaborate by working together on various committees of NAACCR.
CDC and NCI are members of the National Coordinating Council for Cancer Surveillance (NCCCS), along with the ACS, the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), NAACCR, the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), and other cancer-related organizations. This working consortium provides a forum and opportunities for member organizations to collaborate on cancer surveillance and registration issues.
Breast and Ovarian Cancer
The CDC provides additional support to the NCI-funded Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project, a multidisciplinary effort to investigate whether environmental factors are responsible for breast cancer in New York and Connecticut. The Geographic Information System for Health (GIS-H) provides researchers with a new, unique tool to investigate potential relationships between environmental exposures and risk for breast cancer.
Office of Cancer Survivorship
The OCS Web site is primarily designed for researchers and public health planners. The site provides information regarding OCS key initiatives, the research portfolio, and funding opportunities. It also provides post-treatment resources for cancer survivors and their families, including Follow-Up Medical Care After Cancer Treatment, Possible Late Effects of Cancer Treatment, Getting Involved After Cancer Treatment, Health and Well-Being After Cancer Treatment, and Reports and Publications.
CDC and NCI are the designated leads and managers for Healthy People 2010 Cancer Goals and Objectives. Healthy People 2010, the prevention agenda for the Nation, is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats. As co-leaders in the cancer area of Health People 2010, CDC and NCI are responsible for undertaking activities to move the Nation toward achieving the year 2010 goals and for reporting progress on the focus area objectives over the course of the decade.
NCI Public Inquiries Office
Page last reviewed: September 26, 2006
Page last updated: January 9, 2008
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion