SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials are set to release its first statewide cancer data report along with a comprehensive plan to reduce cancer morbidity and increase prevention efforts.
Utah Department of Health Executive Director W. David Patton is scheduled to release the data during a news conference Tuesday.
The health department says more than 8,000 Utah residents are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year. The disease is the second-leading cause of death statewide.
Health Program Coordinator Lynne Nilson says data in the report is broken down to reflect specific areas of the state, some as small as neighborhoods. She says the recommendations for increasing cancer screening and other prevention efforts are targeted to meet each area’s specific concerns.