Welcome to the State of California 

What is CDOC?

Who We Are

The California Dialogue on Cancer (CDOC) is a coalition of cancer control leaders from throughout the state. These leaders include members of state and local government, members of the public, non-profit organizations, health, medical, and business communities, the research community, and cancer survivors, caregivers, and advocates. The members of CDOC share the vision of reducing the cancer burden on the residents of California.

Why is CDOC Important

  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death and is expected to strike three out of four California families.
  • Cancer is a growing problem in California due to the increasing aging population.
  • Disparities exist in cancer burden among California's ethnically diverse population.

CDOC Objectives

  • Decrease the incidence rate of cancer.
  • Decrease the mortality rate for cancer.
  • Increase the quality of life for cancer patients.
  • Serve as the California forum for critical cancer control issues.
  • Assure that the strategies detailed in the new California Cancer Plan are implemented

CDOC Mission
CDOC was formed to provide guidance for comprehensive cancer control activities in California. Our mission is to provide administrative infrastructure, mobilize support and funding, and build partnerships to maximize resources, address cross-cutting issues, and identify and implement specific strategies and tactics to achieve cancer control outcomes.

CDOC Implementation Teams
Implementation teams were established based on cross-cutting issues in cancer control. Each year the teams conduct activities that align with the Plan including, disparities, access to care, early detection, tobacco prevention, nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, treatment, and survivorship.  CDOC’s current implementation Teams include:


  • Disparities, Access to Care and Early Detection (DAD)
  • Treatment and Survivorship
  • Prevention: Tobacco
  • Prevention: Nutrition and Physical Activity (NuPA)
  • California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4)

CDOC Accomplishments
Over the past seven years, CDOC’s efforts have resulted in the following key accomplishments:

  • CDOC Stakeholder Meeting (2006) and Californians: A Taking Action to Control Colorectal Cancer Dialogue for Action Conference (2006)

Access to Cancer Care Community Forums conducted in 11 California Regions (San Diego, Sacramento, Kern, Ventura, Oakland/Alameda County, Los Angeles, Orange, Fresno, Solano, San Bernardino/Riverside and Santa Cruz) to bring attention to access to care barriers and explore solutions (2006-2008)

  • Maps created to show geographic differences in colorectal cancer stage at diagnosis (2006)
  • California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4) established (2006-2007)
  • Online inventory of established data sources relevant to cancer control in California created (2007)
  • Gaps assessment for colorectal cancer screening in California Hispanics conducted (2007)
  • Comprehensive Cancer Control Program funding awarded from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for FY 2007-12 including supplemental funds for Skin, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer efforts (2007)
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