June 14, 2013
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 to identify goals, objectives and strategies in the following priority areas:
- Data and Surveillance
- Primary Prevention
- Screening and Early Detection
- Treatment/Survivorship/Palliative Care
I've been cancer free for two years and six months. What a miracle! I believe an important part of my recovery is having a positive attitude. Since there is only a 1% survival rate with pancreatic cancer, it would be easy to feel sorry for myself and wallow in fear. But life is short, and I thank God every day that I am alive and cancer free.
Janice Cicero, Burghill,
Pancreatic Cancer Survivor