Links to comprehensive cancer control resources for public health professionals

Resources for Effective Cancer Control Planning

Data

Use State Cancer ProfilesExternal link to analyze the cancer burden for the nation, your state, or your county. This will help to identify high-risk populations and prioritize cancer control efforts. The State Cancer Profiles Web site brings together data that are collected from public health surveillance systems to provide state and, where possible, county-level statistical data in a variety of formats. You can manipulate the State Cancer Profiles tables, graphs, and maps to get the data you need. Cancer sites for which there is either prevention and/or effective screening and treatment are included.

To help answer the who, what, and where for cancer control, State Cancer Profiles includes the following:

Collaboration

In this step you can participate in a new interactive community of practice with discussion forums, cyber-seminars, and enhanced collaboration with other practitioners and researchers around evidence-based practice through Research to Reality.

Programs

No cancer budget can possibly support all that needs doing in the area of cancer prevention and control. However, you can plan feasible strategies to address the objectives you have identified. You will need to follow a systematic priority-setting process to address the various societal, political, and economic considerations that affect your cancer control program.

The Research-tested Intervention ProgramsExternal link "store of knowledge" offers programs developed from scientifically-based studies which have been shown to be effective. The database is organized to make it easy to find and compare various intervention programs that address your main areas of interest, be they a particular cancer site, a demographic, a delivery setting, or another intervention component. For many of these programs, you can download or order all program components and use them locally.

Evaluation

The Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance (RE-AIM) framework is designed to enhance the quality, speed, and public health impact of efforts to translate research into practice. This site provides an explanation of and resources for those wanting to apply the RE-AIM framework to translate research into practice in five steps:

  • Reach your intended target population
  • Effectiveness or efficacy
  • Adoption by target settings or institutions
  • Implementation, consistency of delivery of intervention
  • Maintenance of intervention effects in individuals and settings over time

Research Synthesis

The CDC publishes a Guide to Community Preventive ServicesExternal link containing the latest synthesis of the science examining various intervention strategies. The Community Guide is periodically updated as new studies become available and analysis is completed. Current chapters address TobaccoExternal link, Physical ActivityExternal link, NutritionExternal link, Health CommunicationExternal link, ObesityExternal link, WorksiteExternal link, and CancerExternal link.

The Guide to Community Preventive Services summarizes, based on a systematic review of the literature, intervention approaches that have been shown to be effective or ineffective and those for which there is insufficient evidence to make such a determination. This provides users a tool to determine the most effective approaches for comprehensive cancer control.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task ForceExternal link (USPSTF) was convened by the Public Health Service to rigorously evaluate clinical research in order to assess the merits of preventive measures, including screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications. This list includes all recommendations: active, inactive, and in progress.

Plan

The Guidance for Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning is the final step on the Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. Once program priorities have been established, partners have been identified, successful intervention approaches have been determined, and examples of research-tested programs have been implemented, CDC's Guidance document provides the building blocks to comprehensive cancer control planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Information on cancer control planning and evaluation is available at the following sites: