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Tobacco funds to pay for cancer screening

April 03, 2001

Tobacco funds to pay for cancer screening



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Health Department will use some of its state tobacco settlement money to fund a campaign urging residents to get screened for colon cancer, according to Health Officer William Christoffel.

The department received about $380,000 this year from the state Cigarette Restitution Fund Program and is expecting another $410,000 next year, Christoffel said Friday. That money is to be used to fight all cancers, not just those that are smoking-related, he said.

The department will spend 15 percent to 20 percent of this year's settlement money to pay for the campaign, he said.

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Christoffel said he hopes the campaign can begin by July.

The state asked all counties to use some of the settlement money to promote cancer screenings, specifically colorectal cancer, Christoffel said. Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, has a high recovery rate when treated early, he said.

Around January 2002, the campaign will switch its focus from colon cancer to one or two other types of cancer, according to Christoffel.

The department is accepting proposals from marketing consultants to find the best type of campaign to increase awareness of cancer prevention and to increase cancer screening in Washington County.

The campaign will involve newspapers, radio and television advertisements.

The department has hired five employees, including three outreach workers, as part of the screenings drive.

Employees will speak at meetings ranging from those at school functions and churches to Rotary gatherings, he said.

Local residents will be able to pick up colon cancer screening kits, which will be available at several locations, he said. Washington County Hospital has agreed to do the screening, Christoffel said.

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