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Cancer Detection Section

Our Mission and Vision

The mission of the Cancer Detection Section (CDS) is to save lives by preventing and reducing the devastating effects of cancer for Californians through education, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and integrated preventive services, with special emphasis on the underserved.

The vision of CDS is:

  • Be a leader in cancer prevention, detection and control.
  • Reduce the disparities in the cancer burden.
  • Provide access to high-quality cancer education, early detection, diagnosis and treatment services.
  • Promote integrated preventive services.
  • Influence healthcare systems to provide quality services.
  • CDS is part of the California Department of Public Health's Chronic Disease and Injury Control Division.  CDS manages multi-faceted public health programs for breast cancer screening and diagnosis, cervical cancer prevention, colon cancer and prostate cancer treatment through the Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts (CDP: EWC), the California Colon Cancer Control Program, and Improving Access, Counseling & Treatment (IMPACT) programs.

    News & Updates

    New Tobacco Cessation Policy (PDF, New Window)


    About Our Programs

    Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts (CDP: EWC)  CDP: EWC Logo

    CDP: EWC helps underserved women receive free breast cancer screening and diagnostic services and cervical cancer prevention.  CDP: EWC is funded by a federal grant and state tobacco tax revenue.

    To see if you qualify for free breast and cervical cancer screening, call 1-800-511-2300 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.  We speak English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese.  If you qualify, you will be referred to participating doctors in your neighborhood.


    California Colon Cancer Control Program (CCCCP)California Colon Cancer Control Program Logo

    CCCCP is a federally funded program established to increase awareness of colon cancer through public health education.  Unlike many other cancers, colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable through early detection.  To learn more about prevention and early detection, contact Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), or visit www.cdc.gov/screenforlife.

    Did You Know?

  • In the United States colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer affecting both men and women.
  • In California colon cancer is the third most common cancer and cause of cancer related deaths.  

    Prostate Cancer Treatment Program  Prostate Cancer Blue Ribbon

    The Prostate Cancer Treatment Program helps underserved men receive free prostate cancer treatment services through IMProving Access, Counseling & Treatment for Californians with Prostate Cancer (IMPACT), which is operated under contract by the University of California, Los Angeles.

    To see if you qualify for free prostate cancer treatment, call 1-800-409-8252 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, or visit the IMPACT program website.

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in California men.
  • Men with Prostate cancer have a better chance of long-term survival when treatment begins at an early stage of the disease.

    Contact Information

    California Department of Public Health
    CDIC/Cancer Detection Section
    MS 7203
    P.O. Box 997377
    Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
    Phone: (916) 449-5300
    Fax: (916) 449-5310
    Email CDS at: cancerdetection@cdph.ca.gov


    Review the CDS Notice of Privacy Practices.

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    Last modified on: 9/21/2011 2:57 PM