Georgia Leaders Work To Improve Cancer Control

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More than 35,000 cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Georgia this year - about 97 cases per day.

Unfortunately, more than 14,950 Georgians are projected to die from the disease as well. With cancer serving as the second leading cause of death in Georgia, actions must be taken to reduce incidence rates, screen and detect the disease earlier and ensure healthcare providers meet or exceed national standards of cancer care. Diverse groups including the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health have collaborated with oncologists, cancer survivors and others statewide to revise Georgia's Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and tackle this issue head on.

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"We recently met with oncology experts across the state to develop an updated roadmap for cancer control in Georgia over the next five years," said Dr. Stuart Brown, Director of the Division of Public Health. "Based on collaborative input and using the best scientific evidence, we identified 16 goals with specific objectives to help us achieve comprehensive cancer control."

The goals fall into five categories across the spectrum of cancer care. The categories include:

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