The goal of the Surveillance and Health Services Research (SHSR) program is to analyze and disseminate population-based information on cancer occurrence, its causes, prevention, treatment and outcomes, and conduct original research in these areas to strengthen the scientific basis for cancer prevention and control nationally and globally. Three primary mechanisms have been used to communicate this information, each targeting a specific audience: Facts & Figures publications target the media, ACS staff and volunteers, cancer control advocates, and health educators; the Cancer Statistics articles target clinicians; and research papers target public health experts and scientists. In addition to its own independent research, the group also collaborates with other surveillance and health services organizations nationally and internationally and provides scientific expertise to other components of the Society.

The specific objectives of the program are:

  • To compile and disseminate current scientific information on cancer incidence, mortality, survival, treatment, early detection, risk factors, and prevention to the public, the media, cancer control advocates, Society staff and volunteers, and community leaders to speed the translation of existing knowledge into practice
  • To provide comprehensive cancer statistics and expertise to the Society’s leadership in order to help guide priority-setting for initiatives in cancer prevention, cancer control, and cancer advocacy
  • To monitor progress in cancer control and prevention, including the Society’s 2015 goals
  • To conduct original research on cancer risk factors, occurrence, treatment and outcomes using private and publicly available surveillance data
  • To contribute to the further advancement of surveillance and health services research through publications, conference participation, and collaborations across institutions and disciplines.
  • To identify critical gaps in evaluating and improving quality of care and take leadership in policy and technical initiatives to address these gaps
  • To examine the influence of health policies and systems on utilization of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and supportive services, and palliative care

The Surveillance and Health Services Research Program is led by Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, Vice President.