Your New Year's Resolution Could Help Prevent Cancer
Scientists estimate that about a third of cancers that occur every year in the US could be prevented by eating a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
In their report, overweight and obesity are linked to an increased risk of eleven cancers that include: colorectal, endometrial, esophageal, gallbladder, kidney, liver, ovarian, pancreatic, post-menopausal breast, advanced prostate, and stomach cancers.
Your New Year’s Resolution to move more and eat smart may not only make you feel better, it could reduce your cancer risk!
NH CCC works collaboratively with partners, such as Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH) and the American Cancer Society, to share resources and implement strategies to reduce cancer risk in New Hampshire. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
Findings from Restaurant Focus Groups about Health Screenings Revealed
In 2015, the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration’s (NH CCC’s) Equity Task Force elected to work on increasing the percentage of people who receive colorectal, cervical, and breast cancer screenings (Goal 2, Objective 1 of the NH Cancer Plan). The screening percentages are based on the most recent US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines, with an emphasis on disparate populations.
The Task Force reviewed disparity data in NH. According to the NH Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), screening rates are lower for people who are low income and/or have low educational achievement. However, the premise for the Task Force was to identify a vulnerable population to implement a cancer screening promotion and awareness campaign.
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