Letter: Preventing cancer
Thank you, Gov. Maggie Hassan, Rep. Tom Sherman and Sen. Nancy Stiles for calling attention to the ways we can reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer in New Hampshire by proclaiming Feb. 4 as Cancer Prevention Day.
As Sherman noted in his Feb. 4. letter to the Monitor, doing what we know works – conduct appropriate cancer screening, prevent tobacco use, avoid tanning, be more active and maintain a healthy weight – will prevent cancer in some cases and reduce deaths from cancer in others.
The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration, comprised of over 200 individuals and community partners, has been working to eliminate cancer as a health problem in New Hampshire for many years. The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan is a blueprint for how to accomplish this goal. Visit nhcancerplan.org to see the plan and to learn about the work of the collaboration. During February, National Cancer Prevention Month, and throughout the year, all collaboration members stand ready to assist the governor and Legislature in making the goal of eliminating cancer in New Hampshire a reality.
(The writer is board chairwoman of the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration.)