February is National Cancer Prevention Month
Although cancer related deaths have continued to decline in the last two decades, The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2016, about 1.6 million new cancer cases will be discovered across the United States. Out of those 1.6 million, about 600,000 cases will result in death.
These numbers may seem daunting, but there is a lot an individual can do to prevent and decrease the chance of developing cancer. The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan includes numerous objectives that focus on areas of prevention.
While some cancers are chronic, the American Institute For Cancer Research (AICR) believes that 1/3 of the most common cancers in the United States can be prevented while following their ten recommended behavior changes, including: achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy, and getting enough physical activity. In the diagram, the AICR displays why these three aspects must work together to reduce your risk of cancer.
New Hampshire Promotes Quitting Tobacco in the New Year
Free Nicotine Patches Offered
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is offering free nicotine replacement therapy, in the form of the patch, to New Hampshire residents who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco in the New Year. Residents can receive the patch by calling the NH Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visiting www.TryToStopNH.org.
Making a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking is a popular goal - 3 out of 5 current smokers in New Hampshire may be planning ahead to quit tobacco this year. Join them and let the Helpline Quit Coaches help make this healthy resolution a reality with free patches, tobacco treatment counseling, and mobile services such as an online community of quitters and text messaging.
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News and Events
New Hampshire city bans use of e-cigarettes, Washington Times, 2/11/16
Moving Forward With Cancer Prevention, Huffington Post, 2/5/16
American Lung Association’s ‘State of Tobacco Control 2016’ Report Finds NH Failing in Efforts to Save Lives by Reducing Tobacco Use, American Lung Association, 2/6/16
Reported use of cigarettes and alcohol down sharply in N.H. schools, but e-cigarette use is soaring, Concord Monitor, 2/5/16
Insurer’s Approval Of Genetic Testing For Some Cancers Raises Questions, Kaiser Health News 2/2/16
White House To Request $1 Billion For Cancer 'Moonshot', NHPR, 2/1/16