CANCER, Where to Get Information

According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people in the United States get cancer each year. Experts say that some cancers can be prevented and that early detection improves survivorship. It is important to learn about the types of cancer, the risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and control. But do you know where to get information about cancer?

This article provides you with some helpful tips about where to get cancer information. It also highlights the Pennsylvania Governor’s appointed 11-member Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board (CAB) that works hard to address the cancer burden in The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and I am honored to serve as one of the 11-member CAB.

Below are some useful organizations that provide cancer information:

American Cancer Society (ACS)

For over 100 years, the ACS has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, ACS helps people stay well and get well, find cures and fight back against cancer.

Appalachia Community Cancer Network (ACCN)

The ACCN, with headquarters at the University of Kentucky Prevention Research Center is a team of community partners and academic collaborators from Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia working together to reduce cancer health disparities in the Appalachian region.


The mission of CATALYST is to improve the cancer-survival rates of ethnic and minority persons in Central Pennsylvania and statewide. The initial focus has been on breast, cervical and prostate cancer. It promotes the benefits of early detection by using culturally sensitive approaches.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Cancer Prevention and Control

As a leader in nationwide efforts to ease the burden of cancer, the CDC works with national cancer organizations, state health agencies and other key groups to develop, implement and promote effective strategies for preventing and controlling cancer.

National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI)

As the nation’s leading federal agency for cancer research, the NCI has 30 divisions, offices and centers that work together to build, maintain and enhance a cohesive and comprehensive cancer research agenda. Their work ranges from cutting-edge research on cancer causes, treatment and prevention; from training the next generation of cancer researchers to funding and supporting the nation’s vast network of scientists and cancer research institutions and to informing and educating the American public and the world about cancer.

Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition

Founded in June of 1993, the PBCC is a statewide nonprofit designed to extend public awareness of breast cancer, and to encourage increased public and private funding for research, legislative advocacy and high quality screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Redes En Acción

The Redes En Acción is dedicated to reducing Latino cancer with a national network of community groups, researchers, government health agencies and the public. Core activities include research, training and stimulating awareness of cancer and resources in Latino communities.

WebMD Cancer Health Center

WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health and support to those who seek information. You can trust that their content is timely and credible.

Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board (CAB) in Pennsylvania

As described on the CAB website, “In 1980, the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Prevention and Research Act (Act 224) established an 11-member Cancer Control CAB that meets quarterly and advises the Secretary of Health on cancer control and prevention-related issues. The law also requires the Pennsylvania Department of Health to develop a state cancer plan. The first Commonwealth Cancer Plan was issued in 1983; the plan called for establishment of a cancer registry, reduction of tobacco use, promotion of early detection for breast and cervical cancer and support of epidemiological and demographic studies. From 1983 to today, CAB has convened to set direction for cancer control through review and recommendation for additional cancer plans, cancer control initiatives, annual budgets, unsolicited cancer proposals and evaluate new cancer programs.”

To learn more about the CAB, please contact Chair Dr. Joel Noumoff, CAB Staff Liaison Sharon Sowers at or Rebecca Kishbaug at

Visit your doctor to learn more about your cancer risk.  Please learn more about cancer, its causes, prevention, treatment and control.  Send your health questions to ¡Hola, Oralia! at  Together we can help keep Pennsylvania residents healthy.  ¡Salud!

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