The Cancer Weapon South Carolina Needs Most (March, 1995)

In the mid-1990s the South Carolina Central Cancer Registry made it an issue of key importance to distribute information regarding high cancer rates within the state, using the abilities of the South Carolina branch of the Department of Health and Environmental Control as a ally to share such information. This pamphlet represents such an initiative and examines that ways in which cancer is a concern of all communities in the state, while focusing specifically on how particular types of cancer are rampant within different demographics and regional groupings. The opening paragraph for the pamphlet reads as follows (in response to questions about the aforementioned presence of cancer in certain communities):

“We can’t answer those questions because South Carolina is one of only nine states without a statewide central cancer registry. Most people today fear cancer more than any other disease. While we often see cancer as one illness, like measles, it’s really more than 100 different diseases. In the sometimes baffling war against South Carolina’s second leading cause of death, a central cancer registry can be a vital weapon.”

The pamphlet goes on to explain the key importance of a cancer registry within the state of South Carolina, by showing how such a program could function to track cancer rates between communities and deal with variations of the disease contingent on factors like “age, race, gender and county of residence” implicitly evoking a concern for intersectionality within the health profession in South Carolina. The pamphlet also considers the expenses on the taxpayer and how health care costs could be greatly diminished with such an approach.

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To read the entire program click the link below for a downloadable PDF.

The Cancer Weapon South Carolina Needs Most

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