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Maryland's Cancer Plan Updated

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SALISBURY, Md. - Maryland's Governor, himself a cancer survivor, took steps Thursday to continue the state's efforts at fighting the disease.

Governor Larry Hogan signed an Executive Order renewing the Council on Cancer Control, a cancer advisory group.

Hogan signed the Executive Order outside the State House in Annapolis, where he hosted a blood drive and bone marrow registry as part of World Lymphoma Day. 
Last summer, Hogan revealed his own cancer diagnosis, just five months into his first term. He underwent extensive treatment, and today said he remains cancer free.
Hogan also highlighted the recently updated Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, a guide for professionals to reduce cancer incidence in Maryland.

At least one Salisbury cancer specialist sees the plan as beneficial.

"the good thing is it is really a comprehensive plan, and it is nice to have the Governor's support signing this bill to try to organize cancer care within Maryland," said Dr. John Mansueti, Radiation Oncologist at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
 
Mansueti says although there is no conclusive reason why, the cancer rate on the Eastern Shore is higher than the national average, and a more informed public can help reduce those numbers..

"This gets the word out that cancer is a big deal in Maryland," he said. There are about 30,000 people a year who will get diagnosed, and statistics show nearly a third of those will die of cancer, so it a very big, hot issue."

While the cancer plan is technically a guide for professionals, Mansueti says it is also a great resource for the public.

"Individuals should read the plan because it has a lot of practical information that I think is really good for people to learn about what is important screening, who should be screened, what are the ages," he said.
   

The plan can be found on the state of Maryland's website under Health and Mental Welfare, phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov.

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