Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan: What's Happening in State Health Departments

NACDD is partnering with CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control to: 1) identify and discuss cancer risk factors; 2) identify gaps in existing resources, by type of resource, behavior or interest or sociodemographic group and address these risk factors at the community level; 3) determine the types of information and resources that would be most useful to community leaders and public health practitioners when addressing these risk factors at the community level; and 4) develop an innovative yet practical resource to fill the identified gaps and further the implementation of evidence-based community-level strategies for cancer prevention.

As part of that work, NACDD will be sending a brief survey to Chronic Disease Directors to ascertain how they learn of innovative cancer prevention strategies, barriers faced to program implementation, and what additional, potentially cross-cutting risk factors they would be interested in learning about. We anticipate this survey will be issued to Chronic Disease Directors in February 2019, and your participation will be very helpful as we plan for the remaining years in this project.

Background: The Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan (CPAL) workgroup was formed to address cancer risk and protective factors at each phase of life. In previous years, the CPAL workgroup collaborated with NACDD to conduct reviews of the literature and convene expert meetings to identify factors that influence cancer risk and promoting strategies to address these factors during every phase of life. This project will use the information gained from this previous work and apply it to the development of innovative resources to empower public health practitioners, including CDC funded Comprehensive Cancer Control grantees, to put evidence-based cancer prevention strategies into action in their communities using a lifespan approach. This year the CPAL/NACDD partnership will explore four topics:

  • Calculating and communicating cancer risk
  • Reduction of unnecessary exposure to medical radiation
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Caregiver stress