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Study: Alabama Not Tracking Cancer Rates with Potential Causes

September 24, 2003
Birmingham News

Alabama could better prevent new cancer cases by linking its cancer registry to data about environmental, occupational and other factors, a new study released Wednesday shows. The study by the Washington-based Trust for America's Health gave Alabama a "C" grade for its system of linking such information, which TFAH says would help public health officials identify populations at risk for cancer and change their prevention efforts accordingly. TFAH applauded Alabama's cancer registry, which collects information on newly diagnosed cancer cases, but said the state isn't doing enough with that data. "It's kind of like having a library with really wonderful books, but nobody reads them," said Shelley Hearne, executive director of TFAH. "You've got to make sure this data is plugged into the people who can do something to make a difference."

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