MMWR News Synopsis for March 27, 2014

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March 27, 2014, Noon ET

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Invasive Cancer Incidence — United States, 2010

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Differences in cancer incidence reflect differences in the prevalence of cancer risk factors. Preventive services such as help with smoking cessation, cancer screening, and vaccination against the human papillomavirus are important tools in reducing cancer rates. National cancer registry data indicate that approximately 1.5 million new cases of cancer were reported in the United States in 2010, with an annual incidence rate of 446 cases per 100,000 persons. Prostate, female breast, lung and bronchus, and colon and rectum cancer accounted for 51 percent of all cancers diagnosed in 2010.  Incidence rates were higher among men (503) than women (405), and incidence rates were highest among blacks (455) largely reflecting differences in incidence rates of cancers of the prostate and female breast. By state, cancer incidence rates ranged from 380 to 511 per 100,000 persons. These data are based on United States Cancer Statistics, the official annual federal government cancer incidence and mortality statistics for the U.S. population and for individual states, available at

CDC Grand Rounds: Creating a Healthier Future Through Prevention of Child Maltreatment

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Child maltreatment is a major public health challenge that is also preventable. Evidence-based strategies that assure safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children can help prevent CM and promote lifelong health. Child maltreatment (CM) is a major public health burden. In the U.S., about 1 in 4 children have experienced some form of maltreatment. CM results in over 1,500 deaths each year, and negative health effects reach beyond these fatalities. In addition to physical injuries, CM causes stress that can disrupt brain development. Children who are maltreated are at higher risk for adult health problems such as alcoholism, smoking, depression, drug abuse, obesity, high-risk sexual behaviors, suicide, and certain chronic diseases. Yet CM is an avoidable tragedy. Evidence-based strategies that assure safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children can help prevent CM and promote lifelong health.

State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Coverage — United States, 2008–2014

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More smokers would quit if state Medicaid programs covered more cessation treatments and removed barriers to coverage.  The study also found that efforts to expand state Medicaid coverage to cover all smoking cessation treatments and remove barriers to coverage have shown gradual progress over the past six years.  Medicaid enrollees smoke at a higher rate than the general population, and smoking-related disease is an important contributor to Medicaid costs.  Comprehensive state Medicaid cessation coverage has the potential to reduce smoking rates, smoking-related disease, and health care costs in the Medicaid population.  However, previous reports have found that few states provided such coverage.

Notes from the Field

  • Heartland Virus Disease — United States, 2012–2013.




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