Emerging Legislative Approaches to Cancer Prevention

Empirical studies provide strong evidence that most of the U.S. cancer burden can be attributed to tobacco use, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity, and failure to get screened for cancer at recommended intervals. This review of state legislation enacted between 2005 and 2006 suggests that legislators are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of policy interventions to reduce cancer risk.

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About the Author
Martha M. McKinney was the associate director for research for The Council of State Governments. She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, and has published extensively on health policy issues.