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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jay Lynch, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Cell

Date: September 21, 2011


Delaware leads the nation in enacting cancer laws and policies that save lives and money, according to a report by the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). The report "How Do You Measure Up? A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality" ranks Delaware the highest in state policies in five cancer priority areas: breast and cervical cancer early detection program funding; colorectal screening coverage laws; smoke-free laws; tobacco prevention program funding; and tobacco taxes.

"We are moving forward in the fight against cancer," said Governor Jack Markell. "In public policies and in personal lives, we must continually support prevention, early detection and healthy lifestyles. Many have confronted this disease with courage and we are committed to making progress in their name."

Since its establishment in 2001, the Delaware Cancer Consortium, made up of volunteers from all walks of life, has worked with policymakers to establish innovative programs that increase access to services, improve affordability and quality of life, resulting in significant declines in cancer rates in Delaware.

"I'm pleased to learn that our policymakers efforts and the hard work of the Consortium continue to be recognized," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. "DPH will work tirelessly to maintain Delaware as a trend setter in the fight against cancer."

Delaware's accomplishments in the five legislative areas included in the Aug. 11 report are as follows:

For more information on cancer treatment services call the Delaware Helpline at 2-1-1. Call the Delaware QuitLine, 1-866-409-1858, for help to quit smoking.

For state-by-state details of the complete report, please visit:

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.