What CDC Is Doing About Lung Cancer

What to know

  • CDC is working to prevent and control lung cancer in several ways.
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CDC's ongoing work to prevent and control lung cancer includes:

Research. See a complete list of CDC-authored lung cancer research.

National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). CDC's NPCR and the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program produce the United States Cancer Statistics (USCS). CDC's National Center for Health Statistics' National Vital Statistics System provides nationwide cancer death statistics.

National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP). CDC established the NCCCP in 1998 and funds state, tribal, local, and territorial comprehensive cancer control programs that facilitate the pooling of cancer resources to address top-priority cancers, including lung cancer.

Office on Smoking and Health (OSH). CDC's OSH created the National Tobacco Control Program in 1999 to reduce tobacco-related diseases through community interventions, counter-marketing, program policy and regulation, surveillance, and evaluation. The program provides funding and technical support to state and territorial health departments.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). CDC's NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness, including lung cancer caused by workplace exposures.

National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). ATSDR and CDC's NCEH support environmental health tracking programs and conduct activities to prevent or control exposures and diseases related to the environment. For lung cancer, examples include exposures to asbestos or radon at home or work.

National Lung Cancer Roundtable. CDC is a member of this coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations and invited individuals. The coalition is dedicated to reducing lung cancer incidence of and mortality in the United States through coordinated leadership, strategic planning, and advocacy.

Guide to Community Preventive Services. CDC supports the Guide to Community Preventive Services, which recommends ways to improve tobacco control at the community level. The Guide also offers evidence-based recommendations about other disease prevention and health promotion programs.

1-800-QUITNOW. CDC and NCI support a national network of quitlines that people in the United States can use for help with quitting smoking. 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) is a single-access point to the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines. Callers are routed automatically to a state-run quitline if one exists in their area. If there is no state-run quitline, the call goes to NCI's quitline. Tobacco cessation quitlines are available in many languages, including Spanish (1-855-DÉJELO-YA; 1-855-335-3569).