Letter from the Directors
During 2012 about 59,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among Ohio residents. About 25,000 Ohioans will die this year with cancer as the underlying cause of death. In the U.S., and in Ohio, men and women have about a 1 in 3 lifetime risk of developing some type of invasive cancer.
You undoubtedly know someone who has been affected by cancer – a family member, friend, co-worker, or perhaps you yourself. The second leading cause of death in Ohio, cancer leaves virtually no family untouched.
In 2011 the Ohio Partners for Cancer Control, Ohio’s statewide comprehensive cancer control partnership, recognized the need to reduce the cancer burden and created The Ohio Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2011-2014. Created with the collaboration of more than 20 organizations the Plan serves as a blueprint for cancer surveillance, prevention, screening and early detection, clinical trials, palliative care, and survivorship. The Plan includes objectives that were initiated in 2011, even as the plan was being developed. New organizations are continually encouraged to join and work toward completing the objectives and/or add new objectives to this dynamic plan.
The pathway to improved cancer surveillance, prevention, and control will not be easy. Cancer is rarely caused by just one factor and has a long latency period making identification of causes difficult. But we do know that healthy diets, plenty of exercise, and tobacco use prevention and cessation will greatly reduce the burden of cancer. Following age and gender appropriate screening guidelines will help us all find cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages. We must all work together to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors and their loved ones.
Thank you for using and sharing the The Ohio Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2011-2014. The Ohio Partners for Cancer Control invites you to learn more about our efforts and to join us as we work toward “a cancer-free future for all Ohioans”.
I have been cancer-free for 6 1/2 years now. Overcoming all these hardships has been the hardest thing I have ever had to do. It has made me a better person all around. It has strengthened my faith in God and my fellow man. My major recommendation is this: only you know your own body. When something doesn't seem right, pursue it until you are satisfied. It could be the difference between life and death. Early detection is key!
Sheila Massie, Canfield,
Pancreatic Cancer Survivor