Promoting Early Detection and Treatment of Cancer

Four cancer survivors holding hands.
Finding and Treating Cancer Now

Putting the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Priorities into Action

Screening for cervical cancer and colorectal (colon) cancer can prevent cancer by finding early lesions so they can be treated or removed before they become cancerous.

Screening for cervical, colorectal, breast, and lung cancers helps find these diseases at an early stage, when treatment works best.

Activities that promote early detection and treatment of cancer include—

  • Providing education and community outreach activities to encourage screening.
  • Supporting patient navigators and community health workers who help remove barriers to accessing cancer information, services, and treatment.
  • Working within health systems to improve quality of services.
Examples of Successful NCCCP Activities Focusing on Screening and Treatment
  • OregonThe Cancer You Can Prevent
    Campaign uses tailored messages featuring stories from community members to increase colorectal cancer screening rates.
  • Fond du Lac Reservation, MinnesotaBirthday Reminders
    Medical clinic sends birthday cards to women who are due for breast cancer screening.
  • MaineTaking a Closer Look at Screening
    Annual survey of lung cancer screening facilities provides baseline data and informs current list of options for providers and patients.
Map of the United States with Maine, Minnesota, and Oregon highlighted.
Cancer Prevention and Control Works

Communities can prevent and control cancer when they have the right partners, plans, and solutions. CDC’s NCCCP is leading cancer prevention and control efforts that are saving lives and supporting survivors. Visit NCCCP Success Stories for more examples of comprehensive cancer control in action.

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Page last reviewed: September 19, 2018