The Cancer Information Service (CIS) outreach program works to reach special or under-served populations, including African-American, American Indian, Appalachian, women and the elderly.

CIS works in partnership with other organizations such as the U.S. Postal Service, for instance, which is issuing a new stamp to promote breast cancer awareness.Other examples include:

- A program with the University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center, which carries out clinical trials to prevent cancer in men over 55 in good health who have not had cancer.

- A Boston-based program in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control to screen women over 50 for breast and cervical cancer.

- A joint effort with the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center and the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer, seeking to emphasize cancer prevention through appropriate diet. A similar program targeted to Hispanics in Chicago is being planned.

Among programs specifically targeting seniors are several undertaken in partnership with the American Association of Retired Persons.

One example is in Detroit, where a forum promoting breast and prostate cancer awareness is scheduled for September. Local churches and senior centers are involved in the planning. A mobile mammography van will also go into the community.

Another example is a new group, the Regional Breast Cancer Coalition, which meets monthly in the CIS Seattle office to see how best to get breast cancer information to seniors without duplicating other efforts.

In Houston, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, a program targeting breast cancer in older women in Texas and Oklahoma is in progress.

For information about these or other outreach programs, call (800) 4-CANCER.

- Joanna Biggar