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Good News From Wisconsin's Latest 'Physical'

January 18, 2007

The latest stats are in, and there's some good news: Wisconsinites are now less likely to die from cancer. The American Cancer Society studied the state's latest cancer data, and spokesperson Beth Lunow says a combination of better lifestyle choices, new treatment techniques, and early detection have given new hope for people with cancer.

"The cancer mortality rates for both men and women have declined approximately 10 percent for men and nine percent for females, which is very exciting news."

The report comes out in time for today's "Great American Health Check," a call for Americans to start better health habits; Lunow adds it's a chance for Wisconsinites to cut their risk of cancer.

"We are encouraging people with the "Great American Health Check" to stay active, get out there and exercise, eat right, and quit smoking."

There is some bad news in the report: Lung cancer rates were up for women, in part due to an increase in smoking, and melanoma - the most dangerous skin cancer - saw a dramatic rise in the state.

Lunow notes quitting smoking can be the toughest health change to make and she suggests a call to the state's "Quit Line" at 800-QUIT-NOW.

Info about the "Great American Health Check" is at

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI