Idaho falling short of effective cancer fighting policies

Posted at 5:21 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 13:04:56-04

Cancer is the number one killer of Idahoans, and a new report shows we may be falling short in improving treatment.

According to the American Cancer Society, Idaho has some of the least effective cancer-fighting policies in the country. 

 ACS releases a report every year grading states on their access to cancer treatment and policies. 

States with good cancer resources receive a 'green status,' and Idaho is 1 of 2 states in the country that did not receive a green rating for any of the benchmarks. 

"if we can increase screenings we can decrease diagnosis and in many cases prevent cancer from ever occurring," said the director of Gov. affairs for American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network in Idaho. 

The American Cancer Society's Idaho chapter lists increasing our tobacco tax and supporting expansion of Medicaid as possible solutions as well. Voters can decide for themselves at the ballots this November.