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Publication of National Strategic Plan for Early Detection and Control of Breast and Cervical Cancers

CDC has released The National Strategic Plan for the Early Detection and Control of Breast and Cervical Cancers (NSP) (1), a collaborative effort by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Cancer Institute, and CDC, with participation from public, private, and voluntary organizations. The NSP identifies the strategic elements needed to recruit women into breast and cervical cancer screening and follow-up programs and to guarantee high-quality tests. The NSP requires integration of resources from the Public Health Service, state and local health departments, professional organizations, health-care providers, voluntary and community organizations, and consumers to achieve and surpass the national objectives for breast and cervical cancer for the year 2000 (objectives 16.3 and 16.4) (2). Although the NSP recognizes the entire continuum of primary prevention through treatment and recovery, it focuses on early detection.

The NSP identifies five program areas: 1) integration and coordination -- providing better access to screening services and closing gaps in follow-up services; 2) public education -- ensuring that women are aware of the value of screening and sources of care; 3) professional education and practice -- addressing educational needs of health professionals to ensure effective screening and appropriate follow-up; 4) quality assurance for cancer screening -- ensuring consistent, high-quality cancer screening throughout the entire process of obtaining, interpreting, and reporting mammogram and Papanicolaou test results; and 5) surveillance and evaluation -- assessing whether programmatic efforts are increasing the number of women screened for these cancers, identifying cancers earlier, and reducing mortality.

Additional information and copies of the NSP are available from the Chief, Office of External Communications, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, Mailstop K-52, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, Atlanta, GA 30341; telephone (404) 488-4751. Reported by: Div of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC.

References

  1. CDC. The National strategic plan for the early detection and control of breast and cervical cancers. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, 1993.

  2. Public Health Service. Healthy people 2000: national health promotion and disease prevention objectives -- full report, with commentary. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 1991:420-2; DHHS publication no. (PHS)91-50212.



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