The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: Toward a system of cancer screening in the United States

Authors

  • Robert A. Smith PhD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Senior Director, Cancer Screening, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Corresponding author: American Cancer Society, 250 Williams St, Atlanta, GA 30303; robert.smith@cancer.org

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  • Otis W. Brawley MD

    1. Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia
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  • The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Abstract

In the mid-1980s when there was a shift in public health priorities toward the prevention and control of chronic disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a screening program based on the core elements of surveillance, public and provider education, quality assurance, and national and local collaborations. With the Affordable Care Act providing coverage for millions of individuals, the CDC now has an opportunity to focus on recommended cancer screenings through an organized approach versus an opportunistic approach. Cancer 2014;120(16 suppl):2617-9. © 2014 American Cancer Society.

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