Gila County picks up butts on KDB

March 31, 2011
Gila County Youth literally kicked butt on Kick Butts day. They cleaned up butts left behind by smokers. These photos were published in the Copper County Newspapers. Great Job!

Gila County youth on Kick Butts Day.

Some of the butts the group cleaned up.

KRMC receives Health Leadership Award

March 31, 2011
KINGMAN – Kingman Regional Medical Center was recognized recently for its tobacco-free campus initiative that’s paved the way for similar measures at other hospitals.

KRMC was awarded the Health Leadership Award by Arizonans Concerned About Smoking at its annual ceremony in Mesa last month. The award was in recognition of the hospital instituting a smoke-free policy as early as 2005.

From left, Susan Williams, Connie Pope, Jamie Taylor, Patty Mead and Carol Smith Carter were on hand when KRMC was recognized for being anti-smoking.

Tobacco use is prohibited in buildings and on the grounds of all KRMC owned, leased and operated facilities. At the beginning of this year, that policy was extended to prohibit employees from using tobacco during their work shifts.

KRMC spokeswoman Jamie Taylor said the policy was instituted for numerous reasons, including protecting the health of visitors, patients and employees.

Connie Pope and Lisa Dreer of the KRMC Human Resources Department are credited with implementing programs, including smoking cessation classes, to assist employees in the transition.

See article online here.

AZ cancer rates low, screenings still urged

March 30, 2011

by Sandra Haros/KTAR

PHOENIX — Arizona has the lowest cancer rates in the country, according to a report from the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control.

The report says Arizona has the lowest incidence of all cancers combined among men and women; the lowest rate of cancers in men and the second-lowest rate of cancers in women.

Wayne Tormala of the Arizona Department of Health Services said the rankings are good news, but, “We don’t want to rest on the laurels of having the lowest cancer rates. We really want to use it as a call to action.”

He said regular medical checkups and cancer screenings are important. ”

If we catch our issues early, then they’re quite manageable.”

While Arizona cancer rates are low, the Arizona Cancer Registry says more people in Arizona are diagnosed with chancer at later stages, emphasizing the need for early prevention and education.

Political Insider: Lack of screenings concerns health officials

March 30, 2011

From the good news/bad news department . . . State health officials say new national statistics show Arizona has the lowest cancer rate in the U.S., but the state also has more people diagnosed with late-stage cancer, often discovered too late.

That has the Department of Health Services touting early detection and prevention, such as mammograms, prostate exams and colonoscopies. But those screenings are more difficult to come by since the state no longer covers annual physicals.

While the exams are still covered under the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid program, budget cuts approved by lawmakers and Gov. Jan Brewer last year eliminated coverage for checkups.

So patients are unsure how to get referrals and medical providers worry that patients will wait until something’s wrong before they make an appointment.

Sixty percent of Arizona women failed to get a mammogram last year, 44 percent of men didn’t get a prostate exam and 90 percent of adults older than 50 have never had a colonoscopy, according to state figures. Read the rest of this entry »

Report: Arizona has lowest cancer rates in the U.S.

March 30, 2011

Katrina Schaefer
March 29, 2011

PHOENIX – A new report says Arizona has the lowest cancer rates in the United States.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services , the report by the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control determined that the Grand Canyon State’s cancer incidence rates are the lowest in the nation.

A report comparing the rates of cancer across 49 states, six metropolitan areas, and the District of Columbia, ranks Arizona 50th and 49th in key categories.

“This is a case where being last, means you are doing well,” said Wayne Tormala, Chief, Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease. “Being 50th means our rates are the lowest.”

ADHS says our state has the lowest incidence of all cancers combined among men and women, the lowest rate of cancers among men, and the second lowest rate of all cancers among women.

However, the Arizona Cancer Registry reports more people in Arizona are diagnosed with cancer at later stages. Despite the ranking, cancer is a serious threat. Read the rest of this entry »