PCD News Summary for May 18, 2017

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CDC’s Public Health Surveillance of Cancer

Melissa Newton

Cancer prevention and control depends on data. In this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, researchers explain the ways in which CDC collects information about cancer cases, preventive services such as cancer screening, and populations at greatest risk for cancer, and why that data collection is necessary to inform and guide efforts to prevent and control cancer throughout the country. CDC uses surveys and its National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) to track cancer in America through its life cycle: from behaviors that may increase risk of getting cancer to diagnosis to treatment and, in some cases, death. The vast data gathered through CDC’s cancer surveillance mechanisms is not just used by CDC to guide its own programs, but also is available for public health partners involved in cancer prevention and control, as well as researchers. Data from CDC public health surveillance of cancer activities are vital to all cancer prevention programs and researchers working to prevent cancer or improve cancer treatment throughout the United States.


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