Learn About SCLD

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD) serves as an important resource for research and analysis of cancer-related health policy. NCI has provided summaries of legislation affecting cancer prevention and control since the early 1980s. Since 1989, NCI has monitored cancer-related state legislation and maintained the State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD) Program.


The SCLD provides information for:

Evaluating the effect of state legislation on public health and on the application of cancer control science

Facilitating the application of cancer control science
Monitoring legislative trends that may reflect changing public attitudes and practices toward cancer prevention and control


The SCLD maintains information about state laws and resolutions addressing selected areas of the following cancer-related topics:

access to state-of-the-art cancer treatment
breast cancer
cervical cancer
colorectal cancer
health disparities
ovarian cancer
prostate cancer
skin cancer
surveillance (cancer registries)
testicular cancer
uterine cancer

The SCLD also maintains limited information about state laws addressing general cancer issues, including health-related treatment and access to state-of-the-art treatment.

Scope of Information

The SCLD contains information synthesized from state-level laws and resolutions. The SCLD does not contain state-level regulations; measures implemented by counties, cities, or other localities; Executive orders; case law; opinions of Attorneys General; Medicaid or Medicare law; or data addressing the implementation of state laws–all of which may vary significantly from the laws reported herein.

SCLD Information Dissemination

The SCLD is a resource for Federal and state agencies, Congress, health departments, universities and research centers, professional organizations, and the public. Various mechanisms are used to disseminate SCLD data:

SCLD Publications and Presentations–Peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations provide analyses of state legislative provisions. Analyses have included, for example, an analysis of legal requirements for disclosure of breast cancer treatment alternatives. SCLD also publishes topical fact sheets and brief snapshots of legislative activity in selected areas.

SCLD Update–A quarterly newsletter that provides a review of substantive state cancer-related legislation enacted each quarter and includes the “Legislative Data Byte,” a brief overview and graphic illustration of selected cancer control topics. A “Year in Review” summary is provided in the last issue of each year.

Inquiry Response–SCLD Program researchers provide answers to specific inquiries about state cancer-related legislation. Working through the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service (1-800-4 CANCER), custom searches of the SCLD provide information about the status of state laws addressing specific cancer control topics.

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