Cancer Research

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) conducts and supports studies, often in collaboration with partners, to develop and apply sound science to reduce the burden of cancer and eliminate health disparities. This research uses many different areas of expertise (behavioral science, economics, epidemiology, health services, medicine, and statistics) to address the public health research needs of DCPC programs, health care providers, people affected by cancer, and the larger comprehensive cancer control community.

Use our Citation Search Tool to find articles by title, journal, author, year of publication, and topic. Also see our U.S. Cancer Statistics data briefs.

Featured Research: Sunburn Prevalence Among U.S. Adults
Sunburn remains common among U.S. adults. 1 in 3 adults got a sunburn in the past year. Preventing sunburn can lower skin cancer risk. Communities can help by providing options to reduce sun exposure.

Sunburn remains common among U.S. adults; one in three adults got a sunburn in the past year. Read Article »external icon

Sun Safety Among Agricultural and Construction Workers (ACW). ACW may be at increased risk of skin cancer because they often spend a lot of time in the sun. Over half of ACW never use sunscreen or hats that shade the face, ears, and neck when outside on a sunny day. Employers can protect ACW from skin cancer by encouraging sun-safe strategies: protective clothing, wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, shade, sun-safe policies and training. Ragan KR, Buchanan Lunsford N, Thomas CC, Tai EW, Sussell A, Holman DM. Skin Cancer Prevention Behaviors Among Agricultural and Construction Workers in the United States, 2015. Preventing Chronic Diseases 2019;16:180446. DOI:

This is the first study that uses nationally representative data to assess sun-protection behaviors among agricultural and construction workers. Read Article »

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Article Summaries
DCPC scientists author or co-author many articles that are published in scientific journals each year. Selected articles have been summarized.
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Preventing Cancer Across a Lifetime
Some cancer risk factors can be linked closely to certain age ranges. While you can’t avoid getting older, some cancers appear later in life because of actions taken over many years. CDC scientists and other experts created the Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan workgroup to learn how cancer can be prevented at different ages.