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Health Officials Pushing Cancer Control

Last updated on Monday, January 25, 2010

(UNDATED) - Indiana health officials are beginning a push to control cancer today.

The State Department of Health, American Cancer Society and the I.U. Cancer Center kick off "Cancer Control Week" by providing an overview of the burden of the disease.

Stage 4 lung cancer patient Jim Allen of Carmel says it's important to think about future generations and what can be done to prevent and treat the disease.

Cancer is currently the second leading cause of death in Indiana. Nearly 35 Hoosiers die from it each day.

The state is releasing the Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2010-2014 in hopes of preventing some of those deaths.

The plan calls for proper nutrition, exercise and eliminating tobacco.

According to the American Cancer Society, two-thirds of cancer deaths can be prevented through behavioral and lifestyle changes.

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