The Arizona Department of Health Services released a statement claiming that Arizona had the lowest cancer rates in the nation. Although this is a tremendous accomplishment for the state, many health professionals worry that there may be disparities in the data based on rural polpulations and under-reporting. However, there are programs in the rural communities that are working to promote a wellness message.
Health professionals worry that financial and educational barriers are hindering rural communities from seeking preventative and early detection options when treating cancer.
Some programs and facilities are already in place to aid the demographics that are not seeking or receiving treatment options.