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The following initiatives illustrate CDC's comprehensive approaches to preventing and controlling cancer.

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) was established under the CDC-funded Prevention Research Center program to support academic and community partnerships for cancer prevention and control intervention and dissemination research. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based cancer prevention and control in communities through advancing the science of cancer prevention and control and influencing public health and primary care practice. In particular, it is engaged in enhancing large-scale efforts to reach underserved populations and reduce their burden of cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Control Initiatives logo

Through colorectal cancer prevention and control initiatives, DCPC and its partners promote colorectal cancer screening nationwide. DCPC supports educational and research initiatives including the Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign and scientific studies designed to determine the barriers to colorectal cancer screening. Also, DCPC provides funding to state programs to implement specific colorectal cancer strategies identified in their statewide cancer control plans through DCPC's National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP).

Through lung cancer initiatives, DCPC is working to prevent and control lung cancer by—

  • Collecting critical data about diagnoses and deaths from lung cancers in the United States.
  • Supporting programs in states, tribes/tribal organizations, and U.S. territories that strive to prevent and control tobacco use and promote a healthy diet.
  • Implementing public health interventions and countermarketing strategies to reduce smoking.
  • Maintaining a lung cancer Web site.
Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer Campaign logo

Through gynecologic cancer initiatives, CDC developed a national gynecologic cancer campaign to raise awareness and increase knowledge for consumers, health care providers, and program planners about health issues and concerns related to the five main types of gynecologic cancers: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. In addition, CDC developed educational materials that convey the messages that many cancers may be curable if detected early and treated appropriately. In collaboration with its partners, CDC is educating women and health care professionals about the signs and symptoms of specific gynecologic cancers, screening tests, risk factors, and prevention strategies.

Prostate Cancer Control Initiatives logo

Through prostate cancer initiatives, DCPC conducts research about prostate cancer and enhances prostate cancer data in cancer registries.


Skin Cancer Primary Prevention and Education Initiative logo

Through skin cancer primary prevention and education initiatives, DCPC conducts monitoring, research, education, and interventions for skin cancer. Based on the recommendations of the Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer, DCPC worked with education agencies and comprehensive cancer control partners to pilot test strategies to reduce skin cancer risks among students in schools in Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina. DCPC also works with partners on national surveys, such as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System and National Health Interview Survey, to assess the prevalence of sunburn and sun-protective behaviors. The Sun Safety for America's Youth Toolkit helps local comprehensive cancer control programs engage schools and other education partners in sun safety efforts.

Cancer Survivorship logo

Through cancer survivorship initiatives, DCPC is working with national, state, tribal group, territory, and local partners to create and implement successful strategies to help the millions of people in the United States who live with, through, and beyond cancer. As the population of cancer survivors grows, the public health community is considering ways to address the issues related to survivorship. DCPC and the LIVESTRONG Foundation worked together to develop a publication entitled A National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship: Advancing Public Health Strategies, which informs policy makers, survivors, health care providers, and the general public about cancer survivorship.

 
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