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Cancer Clusters: A Toolkit for Communicators


This toolkit provides resources for public health communicators when dealing with reports of suspected cancer clusters in a residential or community setting. Outlines the most essential communication needs surrounding cancer clusters and the most effective ways to address them.

The toolkit includes the following:
  • Sample cancer cluster scenarios based on real-life case studies around the country
  • Suggested outreach techniques for various audiences
  • Answers to the most commonly asked questions about cancer clusters
  • Literature resources about cancer clusters
  • Glossary of cancer cluster terms with fact-sheet friendly definitions
  • Guide to educating about cancer clusters using social media
  • Case studies

Links to the Tool:
This tool is available at:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Public Health Information Coalition

Funding Sources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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  • Release Date: 01/2014
  • Original Summary: 01/2014
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Last updated: June 18, 2014.