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Indiana Cancer Control Week January 25 to January 29, 2010: Plan presented in Indianapolis

Today the Indiana Cancer Consortium launched the Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2010-2014 at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. As the first day of the Indiana Cancer Control Week (Jan. 25- Jan. 29), officials at the State Health Department hope to bring more awareness to this high-volume killer in the state of Indiana.

"The purpose of Indiana Cancer Control Week is to increase awareness of the burden of cancer in Indiana and, more importantly, to empower Hoosiers to fight cancer," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D.

According to the Indiana State Department, over 12,000 Indiana residents die annually from cancer, which is the second leading cause of death in the state. During the course of their lifetime, nearly 2.6 million Hoosiers will be diagnosed with cancer, including breast cancer.

The purpose of the Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2010-2014 is to help in the areas of primary prevention, early detection, treatment of cancer, quality of life, data and advocacy.

Dr. Monroe believes that certain behavior and health modifications can save over 8,000 lives annually, including smoking cessation and following screening guidelines.

All individuals and organizations who would like to participate in the Indiana Cancer Consortium are invited to do so at no cost.