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What Is Comprehensive Cancer Control?

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Comprehensive cancer control (CCC) is a process through which communities and partner organizations pool resources to reduce the burden of cancer. These combined efforts help to—

  • Reduce cancer risk.
  • Find cancers earlier.
  • Improve treatments.
  • Increase the number of people who survive cancer.
  • Improve quality of life for cancer survivors.

CDC started the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) to help states, tribes, U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, and territories form or support existing coalitions to fight cancer. These coalitions use data to determine the greatest cancer-related needs in their area, and develop and carry out cancer plans to meet those needs. The CCC plans include activities that—

Building Blocks of Comprehensive Cancer Control

  • Enhance infrastructure necessary to manage and support CCC efforts.
  • Mobilize support by improving the use of existing resources for cancer programming and increasing the level of support available.
  • Perform research to guide decision making and determine priorities.
  • Build partnerships to increase awareness and involvement of partners from different disciplines and sectors including doctors, public health personnel, non-profit organizations, insurance companies, businesses, cancer survivors, government agencies, colleges and universities, and advocates.
  • Assess and address the cancer burden to reduce illness and death from cancer and disparities among population groups.
  • Evaluate outcomes associated with CCC planning and implementation.

For more information, read CCC plans.