The Comprehensive Cancer Control program focuses on policy, education and community services in eight goal areas. By adapting established cancer control communication and planning strategies, MD Anderson and community partners can align missions and, with support from external grant funding, develop programs to impact cancer in the Houston region by:
- Reducing the unequal burden of cancer through focused and organized community outreach and prevention research
- Complementing robust institutional clinical research and treatment efforts to effectively attack cancer throughout the cancer spectrum
- Leveraging community collaborations to improve strategic alignment and impact across the region
The vision for the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is a cancer-free Texas.
The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program provides strategies to improve healthy behaviors, screening services and the cancer burden in the Houston area. This is accomplished through collaborative programs with community stakeholders.
- Tobacco Workgroup: Reduce the prevalence of smoking in the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
- Energy Balance Workgroup: Increase physical activity and proportion of the population with a healthy body weight, and improve the quality of diet in the Houston MSA.
- Colorectal Cancer Workgroup: Reduce the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer in the Houston MSA.
- Cervical Cancer Workgroup: Reduce the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer in the Houston MSA.
- Breast Cancer Workgroup: Reduce the mortality due to breast cancer in the Houston MSA.
- Liver Cancer Workgroup: Reduce the incidence and mortality of liver cancer in the Houston MSA.
- Survivorship Workgroup: Reduce or prevent morbidity and improve quality of life among cancer survivors in the Houston MSA.
- Skin Cancer Workgroup: Reduce the incidence and mortality of skin cancer in the Houston MSA.
These workgroups provide a unique opportunity to collaboratively address health disparities and health equity across the Houston MSA—particularly around cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship. Please contact us if you’d like to consider joining!