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Del. Sees Progress Against Cancer

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Health officials say Delaware is making progress in the fight against cancer thanks to better screening and treatment.

Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay announced Wednesday the state has fallen from second highest in the nation for cancer mortality in the late 1990s to 14th place 10 years later.

The rate for cancer cases overall remained about the same in the 5-year measurements between 1995 and 1999 and 2005 and 2009. But officials say Delaware's cancer death rates decreased nearly 19 percent over that period. Rattay credits better screening and treatment for the drop.

However, Rattay said Delaware has seen increases in several cancers. She and other health officials stress the importance of prevention by eliminating risks such as smoking, alcohol abuse, poor diet, inactivity and exposure to UV light.

"The cancer data are encouraging, but if we want to reduce the overall incidence of all cancers and further lower mortality, we all must focus on the things we can control, our lifestyle," Rattay said. "An easy to remember healthy lifestyle slogan is '5-2-1 Almost None': five or more fruits or vegetables daily, no more than two hours of recreational screen time, one hour of total physical activity a day and almost no sugary beverages. Research shows lifestyle improvements matter."

The 2005-2009 cancer data report is posted on DPH's website at: www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/dpc/cancer.html.

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