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Cancer control planners, program staff, and researchers have the same goals: to reduce cancer risk, the number of new cancer cases, and the number of deaths from cancer, as well as enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors. While many share the same goals, all do not have easy access to resources that can facilitate the transfer of evidence-based research findings into practice. This Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. portal provides access to data and resources that can help planners, program staff, and researchers to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based cancer control programs.

This Web portal is designed to provide you the best information available to make informed decisions about how best to move forward with comprehensive cancer control plans and programs in your community, region, and state. Feedback about how this site can be made more useful to you is appreciated, and you are invited to submit your comments and suggestions through use the Contact Us form accessible through the Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. home page. Content on this site is maintained by the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute. See the National Cancer Institute’s mission statementExternal link for more information.

The Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. portal provides access to Web-based resources that can assist in:

  • Assessing the cancer and/or risk factor burden within a given state.
  • Identifying potential partners that may already be working with high-risk populations.
  • Understanding the current research findings and recommendations.
  • Accessing and downloading evidence-based programs and products.
  • Finding guidelines for planning and evaluation.


Use State Cancer ProfilesExternal link to analyze the cancer burden for the nation, your state, or yo ur county. This will help to identify high-risk populations and prioritize cancer control efforts. The State Cancer Profiles Web site brings together data that are collected from public health surveillance systems to provide state and, where possible, county-level statistical data in a variety of formats. You can manipulate the State Cancer Profiles tables, graphs, and maps to get the data you need. Cancer sites for which there is either prevention and/or effective screening and treatment are included.

To help answer the who, what, and where for cancer control, State Cancer Profiles includes the following:


Research to RealityExternal link is an interactive community of practice developed and supported by the National Cancer Institute. More than 2300 cancer control researchers and practitioners connect and collaborate to ask questions, discuss ideas and solutions, share useful resources and tools, and participate in cyber-seminars and other events.

Research Synthesis

The CDC publishes a Guide to Community Preventive ServicesExternal link 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 TobaccoExternal link, Physical ActivityExternal link, NutritionExternal link, Health CommunicationExternal link, ObesityExternal link, WorksiteExternal link, and CancerExternal link.

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 a tool to determine the most effective approaches for comprehensive cancer control.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task ForceExternal link (USPSTF) was convened by the Public Health Service to rigorously evaluate clinical research in order to assess the merits of preventive measures, including screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications. This list includes all recommendations: active, inactive, and in progress.


No cancer budget can possibly support all that needs doing in the area of cancer prevention and control. However, you can plan feasible strategies to address the objectives you have identified. 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 ProgramsExternal link “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, be they 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.


The Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance (RE-AIM) framework is designed to enhance the quality, speed, and public health impact of efforts to translate research into practice. This site provides an explanation of and resources for those wanting to apply the RE-AIM framework to translate research into practice in five steps:

  • Reach your intended target population
  • Effectiveness or efficacy
  • Adoption by target settings or institutions
  • Implementation, consistency of delivery of intervention
  • Maintenance of intervention effects in individuals and settings over time


Once program priorities have been established, partners have been identified, successful intervention approaches have been determined, and examples of research-tested programs have been implemented, CDC’s Guidance for Comprehensive Cancer Control Planning document provides the building blocks to comprehensive cancer control planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Information on cancer control planning and evaluation is available at the following sites: