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National Cancer Plan Goals

The National Cancer Plan focuses on eight goals aimed at changing how we know cancer today.

The plan includes a description of the status of each goal, as well as focused strategies to make further progress. Some strategies are about taking action in biomedical research, and others relate to public health, health care delivery, costs of care, and public policy.

From researching new cancer vaccines to supporting programs that promote healthy communities to helping create a diverse cancer workforce and more, every individual has a role to play. We encourage everyone involved in our nation’s fight against cancer to reflect on these goals and strategies and determine where to focus their efforts.

Explore each goal using the links below or read the full National Cancer Plan.

  • Prevent Cancer

    All people and society adopt proven strategies that reduce the risk of cancer.

  • Detect Cancers Early

    Cancers are detected and treated at early stages, enabling more effective treatment and reducing morbidity and mortality.

  • Develop Effective Treatments

    Effective treatment, with minimal side effects, is accessible to all people with all cancers, including those with rare cancers, metastatic cancers, and treatment-resistant disease.

  • Eliminate Inequities

    Disparities in cancer risk factors, incidence, treatment side effects, and mortality are eliminated through equitable access to prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship care.

  • Deliver Optimal Care

    The health care system delivers to all people evidence-based, patient-centered care that prioritizes prevention, reduces cancer morbidity and mortality, and improves the lives of cancer survivors, including people living with cancer.

  • Engage Every Person

    Every person with cancer or at risk for cancer has an opportunity to participate in research or otherwise contribute to the collective knowledge base, and barriers to their participation are eliminated.

  • Maximize Data Utility

    Secure sharing of privacy-protected health data is standard practice throughout research, and researchers share and use available data to achieve rapid progress against cancer.

  • Optimize the Workforce

    The cancer care and research workforce is diverse, reflects the communities served, and meets the needs of all people with cancer and those at risk for cancer, ensuring they live longer and healthier lives.