Steps to Effective Cancer Control Planning

Step 1:

Assess program priorities


Use Provincial Cancer Profiles to analyze the cancer burden for the nation or your province. This will help to identify high-risk populations and prioritize cancer control efforts. The Provincial Cancer Profiles website brings together data that are collected from public health surveillance systems to provide provincial-level statistical data in a variety of formats. You can manipulate the Provincial Cancer Profiles tables, graphs, and maps to get the data you need.

Step 2:

Identify potential partners


The Provincial and Territorial Partnership website provides full contact information for research partners (grantees funded by Canadian Institutes for Health Research) identified by province of residence and topic area in which research has been conducted.

Step 3:

Determine effectiveness of different intervention approaches    Information for Canada coming soon


The CDC publishes a Guide to Community Preventive Services containing the latest synthesis of the science examining various intervention strategies. The Community Guide is periodically updated as new studies become available and analysis is completed. Current chapters address Tobacco , Physical Activity , and Cancer .

The Guide to Community Preventive Services summarizes, based on a systematic review of the literature, intervention approaches that have been shown to be effective or ineffective and those for which there is insufficient evidence to make such a determination. This provides users with a tool to determine the most effective approaches for comprehensive cancer control.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality publishes the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services which contains the latest available guidance on preventive interventions: screening tests, counseling, and medication regimens for prevention of specific cancers. Recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention, and are based on systematic reviews of the evidence of effectiveness. The focus is on services that clinicians should routinely provide as part of primary health care and that patients should expect their health care professionals to provide. The recommendations, supporting evidence, and tools to help implement preventive services are provided online.

Step 4:

Find research-tested intervention programs and products  Information for Canada coming soon


In this step you can plan feasible strategies to address the objectives you have identified. No cancer budget can possibly support all that needs doing in the area of cancer prevention and control. You will need to follow a systematic priority-setting process to address the various societal, political, and economic considerations that affect your cancer control program.

The Research-tested Intervention Programs "store of knowledge" offers programs developed from scientifically-based studies which have been shown to be effective. The database is organized to make it easy to find and compare various intervention programs that address your main areas of interest, such as a particular cancer site, a demographic, a delivery setting, or another intervention component. For many of these programs, you can download or order all program components and use them locally.

Step 5:

View national, provincial and territorial plans


The Comprehensive Cancer Control Plans page provides information on cancer control plans at the national and provincial level.