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Montana cancer coalition is May 24


May 23, 2016

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936

               Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391


2016 Montana Cancer Coalition statewide meeting is Tuesday, May 24 in Helena


Lt. Governor Mike Cooney and newly appointed Office of American Indian Health Director Mary Lynne Billy-Old Coyote will address the Montana Cancer Coalition’s (MTCC) statewide meeting Tuesday, May 24 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena.

The MTCC will be unveiling their newly developed 5-year Statewide Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Plan to over 90 attendees ranging from cancer survivors, educators, physicians and medical professionals, with representation from clinical organizations, county public health departments, as well as individuals representing non-profit and tribal organizations.

The CCC Plan provides a roadmap for individuals and organizations to work on common goals that can reduce the burden of cancer for all Montanans. Goals in the CCC Plan include: reducing tobacco use, detecting cancer early by increasing breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings, increasing clinical trial usage by cancer patients and improving quality of life for every person affected by cancer.

“Cancer impacts the lives of thousands of Montanans and their families every year, but many cancers are preventable,” stated MTCC Manager Nicole Campbell. “This report focuses on some of those prevention measures, and ways people can be proactive to help them live longer, healthier lives.”

Among Montana residents, cancer is the second-leading cause of death, after heart disease and stroke. Each year, approximately 5,600 Montanans are newly diagnosed with cancer, and an average of 1,900 Montanans die from the disease. Furthermore, it is estimated that 53,000 Montana residents are cancer survivors.

However, some cancers can be prevented. Tobacco prevention or cessation is the single greatest cancer prevention measure that can be implemented. For example, more than 90% of lung cancer and bronchus cancer cases are attributed to cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. These cancers, which account for 13% percent of newly diagnosed cases in Montana, are almost entirely preventable. In addition, screening for breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancers have proven effective and can save lives.

MTCC members and statewide partners work to implement the CCC Plan to ensure better quality of life and enhance the odds of survivorship through prevention, early detection, and state-of-the-art cancer care. Membership is open to any person or organization interested in reducing the burden of cancer in Montana.

The CCC plan can be found online here http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/Cancer/cancercoalition

For additional information, contact Nikki Campbell 406-444-7858.