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NCI Cancer Information Service Partnership Program

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and a critical strategy in cancer control efforts is the education of Americans about steps they can take to prevent cancer, detect it early when treatment is most likely to be effective, and choose the best treatment plan. For nearly 30 years, the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Information Service (CIS) has been providing the latest and most accurate cancer information to patients, their families, health professionals, and the public. Through its network of regional offices and partnerships with nonprofit, private, and other government agencies, the CIS reaches people who may have limited access to health information. 

As part of the efforts to address cancer health disparities in minority and medically underserved populations, Stanford Cancer Center is collaborating with the NCI CIS California Region at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. The Partnership Program builds capacity to bring cancer information to people who may have difficulties seeking health information because of educational, financial, language, or other barriers.  It also strives to increase partners' awareness and abilities to communicate that cancer health disparities are a major public health problem, where the burden of cancer falls disproportionately on certain racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. To effectively reach as many people as possible, the CIS partners with state and regional organizations that directly serve these populations. By pooling resources toward common goals, the CIS and its partners leverage resources and design programs with wider reach. The CIS assists organizations seeking cancer-related expertise by providing :

You can find out more about the National Cancer Information Service in the outreach section of this site.

State and regional organizations can learn more about collaborating with CIS by visiting the CIS California Regional Office.

Rachel J. Mesia, MPH
Partnership Program Coordinator, NCI CIS California Region
Outreach Program Coordinator, Stanford Cancer Center
650 723-7119

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