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National Cancer Control Month (US)

 

While annual cancer deaths in the United States reach upwards of a half a million people, the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer released this past January shows that from 1975-2009, deaths from cancer declined in the United States among "both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for all of the most common cancer sites, including lung, colon and rectum, female breast, and prostate."   This encouraging news is in keeping with a trend that began in the early 1990s, and overall cancer deaths have gone done 20% since then mainly because of the increasing number and quality of cancer treatments and regular sceenings that can detect cancer at earlier stages.    

 

Cancer Control Month was designated to "support Americans fighting this disease and recommit to progress toward effective cancer control."  Every April associated events and activities encourage Americans to live healthy life styles, promote cancer screenings, and provide valuable information and encouragement to those living with cancer.