State awarded grant to plan cancer control

State awarded grant to plan cancer control A $150,000 federal grant will help the state Department of Health and its partners develop a statewide, comprehensive control plan for cancer, the state's second leading cause of death.

"There are lots of cancer prevention activities underway in South Dakota but there isn't a statewide plan that looks at cancer control in a comprehensive way," said Doneen Hollingsworth, secretary of health. "This grant allows us to pull together these programs, look at what's being done in cancer control and prevention, and identify what needs to be done to address the burden of cancer in the state."�

Hollingsworth said cancer claims approximately 1,600 lives in South Dakota each year. In 2004 alone, an estimated 4,000 South Dakotans will be diagnosed with cancer and 1,650 will die from the disease.�

The one-year grant comes to the department from the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Implementation funding is expected to be available in following years through a competitive grant process.�

In addition to the Department of Health, partners in the project include the American Cancer Society, the USD School of Medicine, the South Dakota State Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons cancer liaisons, the Indian Health Service, private physicians and research facilities.

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