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NEWARK – The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has created detailed reports on the specific cancer issues each county faces and actions to be taken to reduce cancer rates in those communities, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., announced today.
As part of a series of Minority and Multicultural Health Month events, the Commissioner made the announcement today at an event to promote colorectal cancer screening. County reports and summary fact sheets are now available on the department’s web site at www.state.nj.us/health/ccp.
“Counties are unique and cancer impacts each one differently,” Dr. Jacobs said. “These reports provide
The reports were developed by the department’s Office of Cancer Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the
Joining the Commissioner at today’s event in
The report notes that
For colorectal cancer, black men in the county have higher incidence and mortality rates than do white men. Black women have similar incidence rates but higher mortality rates than white women, the report said.
“We’re working to reduce this health disparity through our Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (CEED), which targets minority, uninsured and underinsured people,” the Commissioner said. The CEED program conducts outreach, education, screening and follow up for colorectal as well as breast, cervical and prostate cancer.
“Precancerous polyps or growths can exist in the colon for years before developing into invasive colorectal cancer. That’s why screening is so important,” Dr. Sterling said. If we detect and remove these growths early, we can prevent colorectal cancer. Screening also helps us detect and treat the cancer in its early stages, giving patients the best possible health outcome.”
The Cancer Capacity and Needs Assessments Reports are an outgrowth of the state’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan released in 2003. Since the plan was released, the department has directed a statewide effort to conduct county-based needs assessments. With grants from DHSS, each county hired and trained an evaluator to conduct the assessment.
Evaluators worked closely with cancer coalitions that mirrored each county’s diverse populations. Included on the coalitions were health care providers, cancer survivors, local advocacy groups, social service organizations and many others. To date, more than 700 volunteers statewide have been involved in creating and carrying out the state’s cancer plan.
The county cancer coalitions are responsible for implementing the state plan on the county level using the results of their respective needs assessments. Based on the results of the assessment, each coalition will be undertaking projects aimed at increasing public awareness locally.
Today’s event is part of the Commissioner’s Healthy Communities for a Healthy New Jersey campaign, a month-long series of events to encourage
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