In 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) to support comprehensive cancer control programs in the United States, Pacific Island Jurisdictions, territories, and tribes and tribal organizations. NCCCP provides funding and technical assistance that programs use to design and implement impactful, strategic, and sustainable plans to prevent and control cancer.  NCCCP aspires to eliminate preventable cancers, ensure all people receive the correct screening at the right time for the best outcome, and for cancer survivors to live longer, healthier lives. Today, CDC funds programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, six Pacific Islands, Puerto Rico, and eight tribes/tribal organizations.

The CDC has awarded funding to the Tennessee Department of Health to implement the Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (TCCCP). 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:

  • Facilitating coalitions of stakeholders who are willing to share resources and expertise to fight cancer.
  • Utilizing Data from cancer registries, behavioral risk factor surveys, and other sources to learn more about the cancers and risk factors that impact their communities.
  • Developing and implementing strategic plans to address the burden of cancer.
  • 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 to treatment.
  • Addressing health equity to ensure every person has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health by developing SMARTIE Objectives which are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timebound, inclusive, and equitable.
  • Paying special attention to the needs and concerns of the cancer survivors and their families in their communities, particularly the survivors' (and their families') physical, financial, and emotional well-being.