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Investigating local cancer rates

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 8:56 am

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, Grundy County’s most recent (2011-2015) five-year trend in cancer incidence rates are considered stable in the overall cancer incidence in Tennessee. However, some say it just feels different. Many Grundy County citizens feel that per capita, this area has a higher incidence rate than other areas.

A local woman has stepped up to carry the torch for those seeking answers and has connected with the Grundy County Health Council. After discussions with the volunteer, Health Council leadership engaged the Tennessee Cancer Registry Division of Population Health Assessment. The state leadership is willing to work with the local volunteer to compile information gathered from Grundy County citizens.

A recent post on Facebook asked for information on local residents who had been diagnosed with cancer and the responses were overwhelming.  The Tennessee Cancer Registry Division has provided the local researcher with a secure encrypted data sharing portal to input specific data regarding Grundy County cancer survivors and those that have passed away as a result of cancer.

If you would like to participate in the information gathering process, please send a detailed listing to Grundy County Cancer Research, P.O. Box 2, Altamont, TN 37301, with the following information on anyone that you know who is fighting cancer or has passed away from cancer: name, address, birth date, type of cancer (if known), estimated date of diagnosis, and, if applicable, the date of death. This specific information will help the state to have more accurate statistics.