CDC’s New Vital Signs Focused on Smoking-Related Cancers

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“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused its Vital Signs publication this month on cancers linked to tobacco use. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths, causing at least 12 types of cancer throughout the body, the report reminds, as it makes these and other key points:

Each year, 660,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancers related to tobacco use and 343,000 people die of them.
About 1.3 million cases of tobacco-related cancer have been avoided since 1990, but not all population groups have benefited equally.
People are still dying from tobacco-related cancers, and some groups of people have a higher burden of tobacco-related cancers than others.
States, territories, and tribes can help by supporting comprehensive cancer control programs, protecting non-smokers from secondhand tobacco smoke in indoor public areas and improving access to cessation programs for those who want to quit smoking.”
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CDC: U.S. Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities Could Drop by Half

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“As a nation, we can do more to reduce motor vehicle crash deaths because we know what works.
Every day about 90 people die from motor vehicle crashes in the United States. This is the highest death rate among a comparison made with 19 other high-income countries. The U.S. has made significant progress in road safety, reducing crash deaths by 31 percent from 2000 to 2013. In other high-income countries, this rate reduced even further—by an average of 56% during the same period of time, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
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First U.S. Zika Virus Case Confirmed in Houston

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“CDC has confirmed the first U.S. case of travel-acquired Zika virus, a patient in Houston who recently returned from Latin America. Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services reported the person who contracted the mosquito-borne illness had developed fever, a rash, and joint pain.

Local health authorities received confirmation from CDC last week.

Zika is part of the family of viruses that includes yellow fever, Dengue virus, and West Nile virus.” (Image shared from CDC)

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