How Communities Can Help People Lower Their Lung Cancer Risk
State and local communities can play an important role in helping people lower their lung cancer risk by using evidence-based approaches to—
- Reduce minors’ access to tobacco products.
- Help people quit using tobacco products.
- Help people avoid secondhand smoke.
- Reduce people’s exposure to radon.
- Encourage people to be screened for lung cancer as recommended.
We offer some important resources below to help you connect with others and learn about approaches that have been shown to work.
Cancer and Tobacco Control Programs
CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and National Tobacco Control Program provide funding and technical support to state and territorial health departments. These programs have published evidence-based guidance—
- Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2014 helps states build and maintain effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use.
- Policies and Practices for Cancer Prevention: Lung Cancer Screening Programs Cdc-pdf[PDF-2.6MB] describes how to increase awareness about lung cancer screening programs among people with a high risk for lung cancer.
- Promising Practices Brief: Reducing Household Radon explains how states can reduce exposure to radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Community Preventive Services Task Force
The Community Preventive Services Task Force has reviewed a variety of public health interventionsExternal designed to help people quit using tobacco, prevent minors from starting to use tobacco, and help people avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs)
The National Cancer Institute’s RTIPs databaseExternal contains evidence-based cancer control interventions and program materials. It is designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials. See their list of tobacco control intervention programs.External
Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN)
The CPCRN created an interactive training curriculumExternal to help community program planners and health educators develop skills in using evidence-based approaches, and learn about new tools for planning and evaluating community health interventions.
Principles of Community Engagement (Second Edition)
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s Principles of Community Engagement (Second Edition) gives public health professionals, health care providers, researchers, and community leaders and organizations guidance for joining with community partners in projects that may affect them. This guide can be used by people in a range of roles, from the program funder who needs to know how to engage the community, to the researcher or leader needing hands-on, practical information for getting people to partner in their research.