About Us

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We are dedicated to helping all people reduce their cancer risk.

The mission of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control is for all people to be free of cancer.

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control leads nationwide efforts to eliminate preventable cancers and improve cancer survivors’ health and well-being. We are dedicated to helping all people reduce their risk of cancer and get the right screening tests at the right time. We work with communities to help develop effective cancer prevention and control practices and put them into action.

Our Goals

  • Reduce preventable cancers by helping lower all people’s risk.
  • Use proven ways to help all people get the right cancer screening tests at the right time.
  • Improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Our Reach

We educate people about risk factors and cancer screening through educational campaigns, programs, and initiatives.

We collect, study, and share data on new cases of cancer and cancer deaths at county, state, and national levels. These data are used to monitor trends, support cancer research, and focus actions to reduce disparities in cancer prevention and care.


Through our programs, we work with state health agencies, territories, tribes and tribal organizations, and other key organizations to develop, implement, and promote effective cancer prevention and control practices.

Educational Campaigns

Through our three national public health campaigns, we educate people about the symptoms of cancer and how to reduce your risk.

Cancer Moonshot

The Cancer Moonshot is a national initiative to end cancer as we know it. Its goals are to—

  • Reduce the death rate from cancer by 50% over the next 25 years.
  • Improve the experience of patients and families living with and surviving cancer.

To help get this done, our work supports cancer screening and helps ensure that everyone can benefit equally from the tools we have to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.

Breast and Cervical Cancer

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The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program helps women who are underserved get timely access to breast and cervical cancer screening services. Since 1991, the program has served more than 6 million women with low incomes who are uninsured or underinsured. Nationwide, communities are reaching more women for these screenings.

Colorectal Cancer

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Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. Still, many adults have not been screened as recommended. The Colorectal Cancer Control Program works with clinics, hospitals, and other health organizations to increase colorectal cancer screening. Through our partnerships, more men and women can get screened for colorectal cancer.

Beyond Cancer

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The number of people living longer after a cancer diagnosis continues to increase. Improvements in early detection and cancer treatments help make this possible. Our work with partners and resources for survivors support healthy living beyond cancer.