World Cancer Day 2016: We can, I can; What can local health departments do?

The theme for World Cancer Day 2016 is “We can, I can.” Join NACCHO on February 4 in efforts to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer.

Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year. In the United States, there was an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in 2015. World Cancer Day encourages others to take action by raising awareness and education about cancer.

Local health departments play an important role in planning, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based cancer prevention and control strategies to improve population health. NACCHO supports local implementation of Comprehensive Cancer Control as a means to leverage community resources for cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.

Wonder how your local health department can unite in the fight against cancer? These resources offer local health department strategies for cancer control and prevention.

To remain updated on World Cancer Day activities, follow @NACCHO Alerts on February 4 and use the hashtag #WorldCancerDay on social media to promote your efforts.

By Katy Gore, Program Analyst, NACCHO

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