Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

In 1998,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) to support comprehensive cancer control in U.S. states, Pacific Island Jurisdictions, territories, and tribes and tribal organizations. NCCCP provides funding and technical advice to create, carry out, and evaluate comprehensive cancer control plans, which focus on issues like prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship, and health disparities. Today, CDC funds Comprehensive Cancer Control programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 6 U.S. Associated Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico, and 8 tribes or tribal organizations.

The CDC has awarded funding to the Tennessee Department of Health to implement the Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.  Comprehensive cancer control is a strategic approach to preventing or minimizing the impact of cancer in communities. It involves state and local health departments, state, local and community organizations, researchers, health care providers, decision makers, cancer survivors and their families, and many others all coming together to find and agree upon ways to address cancer concerns in their communities. Communities can provide comprehensive cancer control by-

·         Building coalitions of stakeholders who are willing to share resources and expertise to fight cancer.

·         Using data from cancer registries, behavioral risk factor surveys, and other sources to learn more about the cancers and risk factors that impact their communities most.

·         Developing and implementing strategic plans to address the burden.

·         Setting priorities and leveraging resources to implement evidence-based interventions to support behavioral lifestyle changes to prevent cancer; ensure access to screening services to detect cancers early; as well as to ensure access treatment

·         Paying special attention to the needs and concerns experienced by groups of people in their communities with poor cancer health outcomes.

·         Paying special attention to the needs and concerns of the cancer survivors and their families in their their communities, particularly the survivors' (and their families') physical, financial, and emotional well-being.


Cancer in Tennessee

These documents present cancer incidence and mortality information for the entire state of Tennessee with comparisons to national rates. The report is made possible through data collected by the Tennessee Cancer Registry (TCR) as well as cancer registries  nationwide. The TCR is dedicated to the collection and use of quality data for the purpose of decreasing the incidence and mortality of cancer in Tennessee.   Prepared by the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Population Health Assessment, Tennessee Cancer Registry. 











For cancer statistics, charts, and maps by data topic across the cancer control continuum, visit State Cancer Profiles 

To request data, documents, or analysis from the Tennessee Department of Health, click here Submit a Data Request

The State Cancer Plan

State of Tennessee Cancer Plan (2018-2022)

Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (2013-2017)

Contact information:

Charlotte Woods, Section Chief, Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

Rochelle Roberts, Program Director II, Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Amy Chart, Program Director I, Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Program & Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program