Briefs: Local Health December 30, 2009

Ties between cancer, poverty studied

• A report released Dec. 1 found that in Colorado poverty is an important factor associated with the risk of getting cancer, being diagnosed with cancer in its later stages and dying from cancer, according to the Colorado Cancer Coalition and the Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Program.
The report, “Cancer and Poverty in Colorado: 1995-2006,” is a study about the relationship between cancer and poverty.

According to the report:

•  Coloradans in poverty are more likely to have behaviors that increase cancer risk, such as smoking, poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise.

•  Coloradans in poverty are less likely to be screened for cancer, with which early detection is a crucial component.

•  Coloradans living in poverty are less likely to have insurance, or if they have insurance, they have poor coverage.

•  For most cancers, Coloradans living in poorer neighborhoods were more likely to die within the first five years after a diagnosis.

ShapeDown series begins Jan. 8

•  The ShapeDown series for middle school students begins Jan. 8.
The wellness and behavior modification series is designed to help children create a healthy weight management lifestyle by introducing the child and his or her family to changes in nutrition, physical activity levels and family communication styles.
It is not a dieting class.
Space is limited and registration is required by calling 683-6650.
Classes will be from 5:30–7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road.
The Mesa County Health Department offers the class for $50 per child.
For more information, call 254-4116 or visit


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