AIDS, cancer and other health concerns improve in California

California recently achieved national health goals for reducing deaths due to cancer, motor vehicle crashes, homicide and suicide and the incidences of AIDS, gonorrhea and low-birth weight infants.

"These trends point to a healthier California," Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, said. "However, far too many Californians still struggle with chronic diseases related to diet, physical activity and smoking. We all have a stake in building a healthier California."

The CDPH co-authored the report with the California Conference of Local Health Officers. The report gives a snapshot of key public health indicators for California's 58 counties and the state. The indicators are compared to the goals set by the federal Healthy People 2020 National Objectives.

The report also shows declines in deaths due to heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and cases of TB. Also shown, however, are increases in deaths due to Alzheimer's disease and reports of chlamydia.

"Creating communities that invite regular physical activity and offer easy access to healthy and fresh foods are the key to a healthier California," Chapman said.