Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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- A new annual report from the Community Preventive Services Task Force outlines proven strategies to prevent cancers Cdc-pdf[PDF–2.3MB]External and identifies where more research and programs are still needed.
- The report highlights the huge burden of cancer—including medical costs, productivity losses, and individual suffering and death—and features stories from the fieldExternal about how communities have successfully used the Task Force’s recommendations.
- Communities, worksites, schools, and healthcare systems can use evidence-based interventionsExternal recommended by the Task Force to help reduce cancer and other causes of disease, disability, and death.
- The US health system is going through unprecedented changes that emphasize better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.
- States are increasingly interested in finding strategies that improve health and reduce healthcare spending.
- CDC’s State Strategies to Improve Health and Control Cost identifies proven interventions for reducing tobacco use, asthma, and tooth decay that can improve health and lower costs within 5 years.
- Although African Americans are most likely to carry sickle cell trait, people of every racial and ethnic group can have the condition.
- Sickle cell trait and disease can be passed on to children Cdc-pdf[PDF-2.8MB]; find out where to get screening and genetic counseling.
- You can find information about sickle cell trait and sports, diabetes testing, blood and organ donation, and more in the Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit.
- About 69 million US adults have a heart age that is 5 or more years older than their actual age, according to this month’s Vital Signs.
- About 3 in 4 heart attacks and strokes are due to risk factors that increase heart age; calculate your heart age here.
- States can promote efforts to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by encouraging smoke-free policies, safe walking areas, and access to healthy, low-sodium foods.
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