JACKSON, Miss. – According to a new report by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), half of all states are falling short in the fight against cancer.
The annual report, How Do You Measure Up? A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality, now in its 13th year, illustrates where states stand on issues that play a critical role in reducing cancer incidence and death.
How Do You Measure Up? found that 25 states and the District of Columbia are making progress in enacting and strengthening policies that fight cancer, while the remaining 25 states are falling short. Mississpipp
It is estimated that more than 1.6 million people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and more than half a million people will die from the disease this year alone. In Mississippi in 2015, 16,260people will be diagnosed with cancer and 6,360 will die from it.