Cancer Control

Comprehensive cancer control is a collaborative process through which a community and its partners pool resources to reduce the burden of cancer. - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Office of Health Policy (OHP) at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center administers and performs several cancer prevention and control programs funded through multiple sources, including the 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and the MD Anderson Moon Shots Program.

Visit the links, below, to learn more about OHP programs in the following areas of cancer prevention and control.

Current Programs

News and Events

2018 Texas Cancer Plan

2018 Texas Cancer Plan

The Texas Cancer Plan (the Plan) aims to reduce the cancer burden across the state and improve the lives of Texans. As the statewide call to action for cancer research, prevention, and control, the Plan identifies the challenges and issues that affect our state and presents a set of goals, objectives, and strategies to help inform and guide communities in the fight against cancer. The intent of the Plan is to provide a coordinated, prioritized, and actionable framework that will help guide efforts to mitigate the cancer burden.

The 2018 Texas Cancer Plan is published by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). To learn more about The Plan, click on the following link:


CDC Recommends Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Preteen Vax News, October 19, 2016 (Special Edition, October 2016 ACIP Meeting)
CDC Recommends Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents
CDC now routinely recommends two doses of HPV vaccine for 11 or 12 year olds to prevent HPV cancers. This recommendation makes it easier for parents to protect their children by reducing the number of shots and trips to the doctor. HPV vaccination is an important cancer prevention tool and two doses of HPV vaccine will provide safe, effective and long-lasting protection when given at the recommended ages of 11 and 12 years. Some of the specifics of the recommendation include:
  • The first HPV vaccine dose is routinely recommended at 11-12 years old. The second dose of the vaccine should be administered 6 to 12 months after the first dose.
  • Teens and young adults who start the series at ages 15 through 26 years will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infections.
  • Adolescents aged 9 through 14 years who have already received two doses of HPV vaccine less than 6 months apart, will require a third dose.
  • Three doses are recommended for people with weakened immune systems aged 9-26 years.


HPV Vaccine Uptake in Texas Pediatric Care Settings: 2014-2015 Environmental Scan Report

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has conducted a detailed assessment or "environmental scan" on HPV vaccination in pediatric care settings in Texas. The report provides an overview of HPV-related cancer burden in Texas and identifies barriers to and facilitators of HPV vaccination in the pediatric population as observed by Texas stakeholders. This project was funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. Learn more....

HPV Environmental Scan Report


Skin Cancer Prevention Toolkit For Institutions of Higher Education

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Melanoma Moon Shot Program and Cancer Prevention and Control Platform seek to develop and implement community-based efforts related to the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, specifically melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. These two teams collaborated to develop the Skin Cancer Prevention Toolkit For Institutions of Higher Education. The toolkit is designed to assist college and university leaders in adopting, implementing and enforcing skin cancer prevention campus policies and practices.

The tools and materials provided in this toolkit support and explain the benefits and rationale for a 100% Indoor Tanning-Free Campus Policy, a Sun Protection Campus Policy, and skin cancer prevention education and health services activities. This toolkit also provides resources and tips on drafting, enforcing, communicating and evaluating policy.

To view/download the toolkit, click on one of the following links.

Skin Cancer Poster


Healthy Congregations Toolkit

The Energy Balance Work Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center worked with local partners and healthcare professionals to develop the Healthy Congregations Toolkit. We are pleased to share this with you and hope that it is helpful in assisting you with incorporating healthy programs within your institution.

The Toolkit focuses on "energy balance," or the way to eat well (energy intake) and being physically active (energy output) for better health.

The Healthy Congregations Toolkit offers suggestions and resources on the following topics:

  • Walk By Faith:   How to begin a walking club.
  • Food for the Soul:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers speakers on a variety of topics for your congregation.
  • Sowing Seeds:   How to begin a community garden using list of local education resources.
  • In the Spirit of Health:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers newsletters for your congregation via email.
  • Brochures & Exhibits:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers these to support your congregation’s event or health fair.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marcita Galindez, MPA at 713-563-9517 or by e-mail to

Healthy Congregations Toolkit


2015 Summit on HPV-Related Diseases  Presentations Now Online!

The 2015 HPV Summit was a big success! Topics included raising awareness of HPV-associated cancers and diseases prevention and screening, raising awareness of HPV vaccinations for adolescents, and identifying barriers and resources to help children receive needed HPV vaccines. Learn more...

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Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education

On behalf of the City of Houston/Harris County Community Transformation Initiative, the Comprehensive Cancer Control Tobacco Work Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center created a Houston/Harris County Tobacco Task Force (Task Force) to serve as a place for collaboration, resource development, and technical assistance to address tobacco use among college campus populations. The Houston Department of Health & Human Services received a planning award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build capacity to support healthy lifestyles in Harris County. The award targets tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, quality clinical and other preventive services, and social and emotional wellness.

The work group was charged with lending their expertise to the development of a Tobacco Task Force Toolkit. The purpose of the Toolkit is to provide a coordinated strategic framework for institutions of higher education in Houston/Harris County to develop and or strengthen their current campus tobacco policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education


Texas Tobacco Summit

2014 Texas Tobacco Summit a Success!

The 2014 Texas Tobacco Summit, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s report, Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General, was held on June 26th-27th in Houston. Visit the Texas Tobacco Summit website at to view the presentations and to learn more about the summit.