Aligned with the State’s Health Improvement Plan, Healthy New Jersey 2030, which aims to improve health for all people, the goal of the Chronic Disease Coalition (“Coalition”) is to address the state’s cancer burden and work toward improving health outcomes for people with or at risk for cancer and other chronic diseases. The Coalition is engaged in the delivery of cancer and chronic disease prevention education, support of early detection initiatives, addressing survivor quality of life along with policy and systems change that contribute to healthy and equitable communities. Coalitions state-wide are supported by the New Jersey Department of Health Office of Cancer Control and Prevention to coordinate comprehensive cancer control efforts in New Jersey and contribute to the national efforts of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
While not all cancers are preventable, many of the known risk factors can be decreased or eliminated through healthy lifestyle practices, getting appropriate vaccinations and other policy-driven and systematic changes. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 42% of cancer cases and 45% of cancer deaths in the US are attributed to potentially modifiable risk factors. Evidence-based interventions can decrease risk factors and increase awareness to achieve improved health outcomes.
Prevention education provides residents with the information needed to avoid behaviors that place them at risk of developing cancer, as well as, understanding the warning signs so cancers can be detected early, treated, and controlled or cured.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in New Jersey. One in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer during their lifetimes. The American Cancer Society 2021 data estimates new cancer cases in New Jersey to be 53,340 and estimated deaths to be 15,710.
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*2019 NJ State Cancer Registry
Nobody is immune from getting cancer and multiple factors both inside and outside the body can contribute to the development of cancer. However, many cancers are preventable by reducing risk factors or getting appropriate vaccinations. Screening is effective in identifying some types of cancers in early, often highly treatable stages. Some risk factors for cancer can be avoided or controlled. For example, people can choose to avoid smoking, modify their diet and increase their exercise. Other risk factors, such as a person’s age, race, family history of cancer, and genetics are not possible to modify.
The Office of Cancer Control and Prevention (OCCP) coordinates comprehensive cancer control efforts in New Jersey and participates in the national efforts of the CDC to establish state-based comprehensive cancer control plans, conduct prevention of cancer risk factors, enhance early detection of preventable cancers, and facilitate survivorship through the activities of its Chronic Disease Coalitions.
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