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Cancer Causes Control. 2010 Dec;21(12):2041-8. doi: 10.1007/s10552-010-9668-5. Epub 2010 Nov 18.

Public policy action and CCC implementation: benefits and hurdles.

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State and Local Campaigns, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, 901 E Street, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 2004, USA.


Policy change continues to be an increasingly effective means of advancing the agenda of comprehensive cancer control. Efforts have moved progressively from describing how public policy can enhance the comprehensive cancer control agenda to implementation of public policy best practices at both the state and federal levels. The current political and economic contexts bring additional challenges and opportunities to the efforts surrounding comprehensive cancer control and policy. The purpose of this paper is to highlight recent policy successes, to illustrate the importance of policy as a means of advancing the comprehensive cancer control agenda, and to discuss continued policy action as we move forward in a time of healthcare reform and continuing economic uncertainty.

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