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Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2011/2012 Update

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In the Report
Director's Message
Report Highlights
Summary Tables
Clinicians’ Advice to Quit Smoking
Medicaid Coverage of Tobacco Dependence Treatments
Weight and Physical Activity
Sun Protection
Secondhand Smoke
Chemical Exposures
Tobacco Company Marketing Expenditures
Early Detection
Breast and Cervical Cancers
Colorectal Cancer
Bladder, Breast, Colorectal
Kidney, Lung, Ovarian, Prostate
Life After Cancer
End of Life
Early Detection
Life After Cancer
End of Life

Summary Tables by Topic

How to Interpret the Graphs in the Summary Tables

The tables in this section summarize the measures that are described at greater length in the body of this report. A graph, which addresses two questions, is included for most measures:

  1. Is the trend moving in the desired direction?
    • A graph shows the trend direction for the measure. The desired trend direction is shown above the graph.

    • Each line in the graph is coded by color to indicate whether the trend is:
      green - headed in the right direction
      red - headed in the wrong direction
      black - stable or non-significant change (NSC)
      blue - Healthy People 2020 target

  2. How does the nation's progress compare to the Healthy People 2020 target?

    Not all measures have an associated Healthy People 2020 target. When there is a target for a specific measure, it is shown by a solid blue horizontal line labeled “Healthy People 2020 target”.

    The example below demonstrates the Adult Smoking trend, which is heading in the right direction (green line) toward the Healthy People 2020 target (solid blue horizontal line).


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