Initiatives

The following initiatives illustrate CDC’s comprehensive approaches to preventing and controlling cancer.

Colorectal Cancer

Through colorectal cancer prevention and control initiatives, CDC and its partners promote colorectal cancer screening. CDC supports educational and research initiatives including the Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign and scientific studies designed to determine the barriers to colorectal cancer screening. Also, CDC provides funding to state programs to implement specific colorectal cancer strategies identified in their statewide cancer control plans through CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.

Lung Cancer

CDC is working to prevent and control lung cancer by—

  • Collecting critical data about diagnoses and deaths from lung cancers in the United States.
  • Supporting programs in states, tribes and tribal organizations, and U.S. territories that strive to prevent and control tobacco use and promote a healthy diet.
  • Implementing public health interventions and countermarketing strategies to reduce smoking.

Gynecologic Cancer

CDC’s Inside Knowledge campaign raises awareness for consumers, health care providers, and program planners about health issues and concerns related to the five main types of gynecologic cancer: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. In addition, CDC developed educational materials that convey the messages that many cancers may be curable if detected early and treated appropriately. In collaboration with its partners, CDC is educating women and health care professionals about the signs and symptoms of specific gynecologic cancers, screening tests, risk factors, and prevention strategies.

Prostate Cancer

CDC conducts research about prostate cancer, enhances prostate cancer data in cancer registries, and educates men about prostate cancer screening.

Skin Cancer

CDC conducts monitoring, research, education, and interventions for skin cancer. CDC also works with partners on national surveys, such as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System and National Health Interview Survey, to assess the prevalence of sunburn and sun-protective behaviors.

Cancer Survivors

CDC works with partners to create and implement successful strategies to help the growing number of cancer survivors in the United States.

Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN)external icon is a national network of academic, public health, and community partners who work together to reduce the burden of cancer, especially among those disproportionately affected. Its members conduct community-based participatory cancer research across its eight network centers, crossing academic affiliations and geographic boundaries. The CPCRN is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers, which are CDC’s flagship program for preventing and controlling chronic diseases.