Sharing Cancer Data is Vital

October 28, 2003
by Mark O. Hatfield
The Statesman Journal

During my tenure in the U.S. Senate, I was proud to help strengthen Americaís commitment to medical research. That included helping launch our nationís war on cancer in 1971...Our state is second to none when it comes to collecting cancer information. In fact, a recent study by the Washington-based Trust for Americaís Health gave Oregon a grade of A. However, despite Oregonís standing, we could be doing more to address new, preventable cases of cancer. According to Trust for Americaís Health, Oregon and other states could improve cancer prevention efforts if we more effectively combined the data we compile about cancer rates with other information sources to better understand risk factors and possible causes of cancer.

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