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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.


Community Programs

The CDC supports many programs designed to prevent or control cancer.

Page last reviewed: October 9, 2008
Page last updated: September 3, 2008
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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