In 2007, Canyon Ranch Institute President Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002–2006), formed the Surgeons General Collective, an independent body composed of the previous Surgeons General of the United States to address national and global public health issues. At the urgent request of Lance Armstrong, chairman and founder of LIVESTRONG, the first major public health issue of the Collective was to develop a national call to action focused on cancer prevention and survivorship. Learn more about the history of the NCTA.
The National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship (NCTA) developed evidence-based goals and strategies for cancer prevention through survivorship in order to re-engage all sectors of society in the fight against cancer. The NCTA outlines four goals and strategies for action based on the cancer continuum – empowering healthy lifestyles for prevention; screening and early detection; patient navigation; and survivorship which provide a roadmap for the private sector, policymakers, and all Americans to take decisive action in making cancer prevention and survivorship a national priority.
The Four Goals of the NCTA are:
- Empower Healthy Lifestyles to Prevent Cancer
- Apply What We Know About Cancer Screening and Early Detection to All People
- Ensure that All People Can Navigate Through the Health Care System
- Provide Survivorship Care Plans and Systems of Support for All Cancer Survivors
How We're Making a Difference
Canyon Ranch Institute serves as the administrative home of the NCTA Community, which is an ever-growing number of individuals and organizations from all sectors that are actively working to advance the four goals of the NCTA.
2010 Workshop: Innovation in the War on Cancer
The National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Community hosted the "2010 Workshop: Innovation in the War on Cancer" on March 15, 2010 in Washington, D.C. to engage stakeholders from all sectors of society to address the continuum of cancer prevention and survivorship as a national priority.
National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Council of Experts
Canyon Ranch Institute established a NCTA Council of Experts for the NCTA Community. The Council of Experts provides insight and counsel to Canyon Ranch Institute in its role as administrative home of the NCTA Community and also as appropriate to NCTA Community members.