Cancer is the term used for more than 100 diseases that cause excessive, uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells which invade and destroy other tissues. In 2008, cancer surpassed heart disease to become the leading cause of death in Idaho.
Cancer can develop in almost any body organ or tissue, but certain types of cancer are more often fatal than others. Each year, more than 1.2 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer. After heart disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States.
The Idaho Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is a relatively new program in Idaho (funded only since 2005). And although the program has made great strides, Idaho's screening rates for breast, cervical, colon and prostate cancers lag alarmingly behind the rest of the nation.
The program currently focuses on colon cancer and skin cancer and creates educational materials and media campaigns that provide much needed educational materials and tools to increase the screening and early detection rates for these diseases.
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