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About the Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC), an integrated and coordinated approach to reducing cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality through prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliation. These efforts encourage healthy lifestyles, promote recommended cancer screening guidelines and tests, increase access to quality cancer care, and improve quality of life for cancer survivors.
In 1998, CDC established the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP), which provided seed money and technical support for the development and implementation of CCC plans. Today, CDC funds CCC programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 7 tribes and tribal organizations, and 7 U.S. territories.
Routine screening can reduce the number of deaths from colorectal cancer by 60% or more.5
For women aged 40 years or older, a mammogram every 1–2 years can reduce the risk of dying of breast cancer by approximately 20%–25% during a period of 10 years.6
Pap tests can find abnormal changes in cells on the cervix before these cells turn into cancer. Researchers in many countries have found that rates of cervical cancer death dropped by 20%–60% after screening programs began.7
The National Partnership for Comprehensive Cancer Control
To help coordinate CCC efforts taking place at the national, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, CDC works with many organizations, including:
Since 2000, this National Partnership for Comprehensive Cancer Control has
Since 1998, the number of programs participating in the NCCCP has increased from 6 to 65. Ninety-nine percent of the 65 CCC programs are in various stages of implementation.
Effective strategies for reducing cancer deaths and the number of new cases of cancer include ensuring that evidence-based screening tests and treatments are available and accessible, and reducing behavioral and environmental risk factors. Read examples of CCC programs in action.
During fiscal year 2008–2009, CDC will continue to:
Collectively, these accomplishments will improve the health of people in every stage of life—one of CDC's primary health-protection goals.
These and other public health efforts address the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2010 goals of reducing the overall cancer death rate to 159.9 deaths per 100,000 people, and increasing the proportion of health care providers who counsel their at-risk patients about tobacco use cessation, physical activity, and cancer screening.
CDC plans to conduct research and surveillance activities that will develop and evaluate comprehensive approaches to cancer prevention and control. Results will guide interventions designed to address cross-cutting issues (such as health disparities and survivorship) at state, tribal, and territorial levels.
Some of the projects already planned or underway will:
1Heron MP, Smith BL. Kung H-C, Hoyert DL, Xu J, Murphy SL. Deaths: Final data for 2005. (PDF-808KB) National Vital Statistics Reports 2008;56(10).
2American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2008.* Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2008.
3U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 2004 Incidence and Mortality. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Washington, D.C.: National Cancer Institute; 2007.
4National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Fact Book, Fiscal Year 2006. Bethesda, MD: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; 2007.
5U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Colorectal Cancer. Recommendations and Rationale. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2002.
6U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Breast Cancer. Recommendations and Rationale. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2002.
7U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Cervical Cancer. Recommendations and Rationale. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2003.
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*Links to non-Federal organizations found at this site are provided solely as a service to our users. These links do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at these links.
Page last reviewed: November 25, 2008
Page last updated: November 25, 2008
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion