The work of CDC in 2018 included innovative communication approaches to promote cancer prevention, screening and early detection, research, and evidence-based programs.
Achieving Progress in Programs
CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) celebrated 20 years of providing guidance to help programs put sustainable plans in action to prevent and control cancer. More than 98,000 people have contributed to cancer coalitions, and 69 cancer plans have been created and updated.
CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) supported 30 state, university, and tribal organization grantees partnering with health systems to increase colorectal cancer screening in high-need populations. For the 413 clinics enrolled in program year 1, screening rates increased 8.3 percentage points by the end of program year 2.
Improving and Connecting Data to Prevention
Through the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR), data are now available for cancer prevalence and survival rates, along with incidence and mortality data at the national, state, and county levels. Data can be viewed easily and quickly in multiple formats using our new interactive Data Visualizations tool.
Publications: Using Data to Inform Prevention Strategies
- Uterine cancer incidence and death rates increased among women in United States from 1999 to 2016. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
- CDC’s skin cancer prevention studyexternal icon demonstrates that state indoor tanning laws work as policy interventions to reduce indoor tanning behavior among adolescents. Study results showed that the nation achieved the Healthy People 2020 target to reduce indoor tanning prevalence to 14% among adolescents in grades 9 through 12 several years ahead of time. (American Journal of Public Health)
- CDC’s human papillomavirus (HPV) study shows increasing rates of new HPV-associated cancers among men and women in the United States during 1999 to 2015. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Applying Innovation to Communication
CDC’s use of virtual human technology has led to innovative interactive tools to help cancer patients and providers.
Talk to Someone: Triple-Negative Breast Cancer allows people to have a conversation with Linda, a virtual coach, and ask questions in a safe environment.
Talking about Infection and Neutropenia Awareness (TINA) helps educate patients and providers about preventing infections during chemotherapy.
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