AZ cancer rates low, screenings still urged

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.

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