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​​Center for Cancer Prevention and Control

Welcome to the website for the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control
in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The Maryland Cancer Collaborative


The mission of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control (CCPC) is to reduce the burden of cancer in Maryland by:

  • Providing guidance, support and funding for effective cancer programs;
  • Fostering collaboration among partners; and
  • Evaluating outcomes through data collection and analysis.


Prior to 1999, cancer control activities were conducted by the Division for Cancer Control. The Division for Cancer Control was expanded in 1999 to become the Center for Cancer Surveillance and Control (CCSC) in an effort to better reflect all the programs managed by the Center. In 2012, the Center took on the new name, Center for Cancer Prevention and Control (CCPC), again, in order to better reflect the work being conducted within CCPC.  The CCPC is responsible for assessing cancer control in Maryland and developing cancer control priorities through collaboration with the State Council on Cancer Control and other state agencies. In addition, the CCPC plays a major role in the formation, implementation and coordination of the Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening and Treatment Program and the Statewide Academic Health Center programs funded by the Cigarette Restitution Fund Program.

Maryland Statistics

Did you know?

  • Maryland had the 21st highest cancer death rate in the United States for the period 2003-2007.
  • Approximately one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. And, this excludes the number of men and women who will have basal or squamous cell skin cancers.*
  • Over 24,000 Marylanders are reported with cancer each year. This number does not include basal and squamous skin cancers.
  • Cancer occurs in people of both sexes and all races and ethnic groups. The rate of cancer varies from group to group.
  • Lung cancer accounts for the highest percent (28%) of cancer deaths in Maryland; lung cancer is mainly caused by smoking.
  • Many cancers can be prevented or they can be successfully treated if the cancer is found when the tumor is small.
  • The risk of developing cancer increases with age; therefore, as Marylanders live longer, the number of new cancer cases diagnosed each year in Maryland is expected to increase.

* Ref. Cancer Facts and Figures, 2010, p.14


Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
Breast & Cervical Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment Program
Colorectal Cancer Screening
CRF Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program
CRF Statewide Academic Health Centers
Maryland Cancer Fund
Maryland Cancer Registry
Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
Maryland State Council on Cancer Control
Surveillance and Evaluation Unit