Marking a milestone in the advancement of public health, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) commemorated the 10-yr anniversary of the CDPH laboratory in Richmond, California on April 6th by bringing the Prevent Cancer Super Colon® to the campus along with demonstrations of other public health programs. The celebration occurred during National Public Health Week and underscored the vital role the laboratory plays in enabling scientists to identify and track diseases and contaminations. “As one of the largest public facilities in the nation, the laboratory provides fundamental scientific services that directly protect the life of everyone in California,” said CDPH Interim Director Dr. Howard Backer, who spoke at the event.
Californian’s lives are also protected through the California Colon Cancer Control Program (CCCCP) whose mission is to save lives by preventing and reducing the devastating effects of colon cancer for Californians through education, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and integrated preventive services, with special emphasis on the underserved. CCCCP is a federally funded program, run by the CDPH, established to increase awareness of colon cancer through public health education. Unlike many other cancers, colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable through early detection.