Cancer is a serious disease that affects many Americans. More than one million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. Chances are you know someone who had cancer, or battled to survive it. Fortunately, you can lower the risk for chronic disease like cancer by being physically active, staying at a healthy weight, and getting regular screenings.
Beyond the individual steps that you can take toward better health, state-based programs across the United States are taking action, and working with the CDC to translate research into public health programs, practices, and services. Examples of cancer control programs for the people who need them most include:
- National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP): In Mississippi, the program addresses the breast cancer disparity in African-American women by partnering with faith-based organizations. Their train-the-trainer program, Praises in Pink, engages faith-based liaisons statewide to organize breast cancer outreach activities at their houses of worship to educate parishioners about the importance of screening and inform them about program’s services.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program: In Alabama, the “Third Time's the Charm" campaign targets parents, pediatricians, and college students with a message that emphasizes the importance of getting all three doses of the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
- National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR): Maine used data on cancer occurrence; the type, extent, and location of cancers; and the type of initial treatment to implement colorectal cancer screening opportunities for low-income and uninsured residents throughout the state.
- Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP): Pennsylvania worked to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among men and women aged 50 years and older by forming strategic partnerships with employers to reach their intended audience.
Want to know more?
Cancer Information and Resources: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/
State Cancer Programs in Action: http://www.cdc.gov/features/cancerprograms/index.html