Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Cancer Burden in Texas

Raise your hand if you’ve had cancer or know someone who has. Trust us when we say: Our hands are raised.

This year alone, roughly 110,000 Texans will be told, “You have cancer,” and over 39,000 Texans will lose their lives because of it. That amounts to more than 100 people lost per day. As physicians, friends, and family, this is a devastating loss we can all relate to.

In addition to its devastating impact on the health and well-being of survivors and their family/friends, cancer is expensive to individuals AND our state. The total annual cost associated with cancer in Texas is estimated to be $28 billion. That’s a lot of money. This figure includes costs associated with direct medical care, as well as indirect costs due to lost productivity from illness and premature death.

At the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, we believe that by working together, we can reduce the burden of cancer in the Lone Star State. That’s where the Texas Cancer Plan, a strategic guide for Texans to use in the fight against cancer, comes into play. We collaborated with organizations, institutions, community leaders, coalition members, cancer survivors, and family and friends affected by cancer to develop this resource for all Texans.

No matter if you’re one person, a hospital, local health department, community-based organization, employer, school/university, faith-based organization, physician, or legislator: The Plan has steps you can take, starting today.

It’s more important than ever that we as Texans take action against cancer. There is no single cause or cure, but there are many ways to prevent some cancers. Please join us in the fight. Download your copy of The Plan today: txcancerplan.org.

Making Every Moment Count

James Ragan - student at Rice University, golfer, and founder of Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation - shares his story, his thoughts on the future direction of Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), and how investing in rare and orphan cancers should be a bigger priority.

Watch his video here.

Funded by CPRIT, the Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP) offers a new continuing medical education course entitled Primary Care Update: Childhood Cancer Survivorship. The course is eligible for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits, including ethics. To take the class, or to view a complete roster of POEP learning opportunities, visit www.poep.org, and click on “CME.”

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