Committee on a National Strategy for Cancer Control in the United States

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Diseases, Food and Nutrition, Health Services, Coverage, and Access
Board: Board on Health Care Services

Activity Description

An ad hoc committee under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will examine cancer control efforts in the United States and recommend a national strategy to reduce the incidence, morbidity, and mortality from cancer and to improve quality of life for cancer survivors. The committee will review trends in cancer cases and outcomes in the United States as well as existing cancer control programs and initiatives across the cancer care continuum. Based on that review, the committee will consider potential actions to:

• Establish comprehensive national goals for cancer control;

• Identify potential mechanisms to evaluate and advance progress toward these goals;

• Identify challenges to achieving these goals and highlight knowledge gaps that impede progress in cancer control;

• Foster collaboration and coordination among key stakeholders, clarifying roles in cancer control efforts, and to build on existing efforts and to develop and implement plans of action to overcome challenges; and

• Prioritize cancer control interventions that have the potential to achieve significant progress in improving population health and reducing health disparities. The committee will issue a report with findings and recommendations to achieve progress in developing and implementing a national cancer control strategy.

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