Arizona cancer rates lowest in U.S. - East Valley Tribune: Health

Arizona cancer rates lowest in U.S.

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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:46 pm

Arizona has the lowest cancer incidence rates in the country but Arizonans who are diagnosed are often found with later stages of cancer, according to a recent report by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

“This truly makes the case for early detection and screening,” said Sharlene Bozack, chief government relations officer, American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer Action Network Great West Division. “The earlier some cancers are found – like breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer – the more likely people are to survive those cancers.”

For more information about the Arizona Cancer Control Coalition (AzCCC), visit

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