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Missouri Lagging In Cancer Fight, Says Report

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois is doing a much better job than Missouri in passing policies to prevent and fight cancer, according to a new report card.

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network rated the states on how well they help residents reduce cancer rates and deaths.

So how did Missouri do? Not so good,  says local Cancer Action Network spokeswoman Stacey Reliford, “There were twelve measured areas, and we achieved zero of those benchmarks in the twelve measured areas.”

Illinois, meanwhile. met six of those benchmarks – including smoke-free laws, tobacco tax rates, indoor tanning device restrictions for minors, and funding for early detection of breast and cervical cancer.

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