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Study: Cancer mortality rates in S.C. declining, but disparities remain

SUBMITTED ARTICLE mystory@aikenstandard.comMay 17, 2019

A 20-year study of cancer trends in South Carolina reveals that cancer mortality rates in the state are declining, yet significant health disparities exist among minority populations and in rural communities.

The data in the report, released by the South Carolina Cancer Alliance and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, compiles data from the South Carolina Central Cancer Registry (SCCCR).

The registry is the state’s population-based cancer surveillance system that collects, processes, analyzes, interprets and disseminates cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases) and cancer mortality (deaths due to cancer). DHEC’s Division of Vital Statistics provides information on cancer mortality to the SCCCR.

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