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Guide to Promoting Cancer Prevention in Your Community

The Road to Better Health: A Guide to Promoting Cancer Prevention in Your Community

Cancer takes a toll on communities across the United States. It's a complex disease that affects people in each city, town, and neighborhood differently. Prevention is the best way to fight cancer. This means getting people to do things that will protect their health—like get screened, quit smoking, and exercise more. It also means bringing together local leaders to support local cancer prevention efforts. Communities like yours can help lead the way.

CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) developed The Road to Better Health: A Guide to Promoting Cancer Prevention in Your Community [PDF-3.4MB] to help community groups guide their communities toward better health. This tool kit can help you

  • Educate people on how cancer affects your community.
  • Give people tips on how to lower their cancer risk.
  • Work with other groups and community leaders to make sure people have the information and services they need.
  • Become known as a community leader in the fight against cancer.
  • Use DCPC's tools and materials to spread the word.

You can use this tool kit to develop a community outreach strategy—a plan of action to get information about cancer prevention to the people in your county, state, tribal community, or territory. You can tailor the content of the tool kit to meet the needs of your community and to address your group's mission and resources. You don't need to be a public health expert to make this strategy work.

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