West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 DHHR Releases Statistical Briefs on Cancer Prevalence and Survivorship in WV

12/14/2011
Two statistical briefs on cancer prevalence and survivorship have been released by the Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health. The new brief is entitled Health Statistics Center Statistical Brief No. 26 Update: Cancer Prevalence and Survivorship in West Virginia, 2010. Also available on the website is Health Statistics Center Statistical Brief No. 26: Cancer Prevalence and Survivorship in West Virginia, 2009. Both utilize new Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data first collected from cancer survivors in 2009 and again in 2010. Prior to this, there was no standardized data source for information about survivors of cancer in the state.

Bureau for Public Health Commissioner Marian L. Swinker, MD, MPH, stated, “This new data source has allowed us to determine that 1 in 12 adults in West Virginia are cancer survivors. This means approximately 124,000 adults in the state had cancer at some point in their life.” These briefs document gender, age, income, and education differences in cancer prevalence, the most common types of cancer, behavioral risk factors engaged in by cancer survivors, co-morbid conditions, enrollment in clinical trials, health care coverage and issues affecting cancer survivors such as pain management. Data analysis results indicate that the burden of cancer prevalence is carried by women, the elderly and those with low socio-economic status.

West Virginia cancer survivors most often reported diagnosis with skin cancer other than melanoma. Other common types of cancer among survivors include breast, cervical, prostate, melanoma and colorectal cancers.

Cancer survivors in the state have lived an average of 12 years after their cancer diagnosis. The data also indicate that only 5 percent of survivors have participated in a clinical trial for cancer treatment.

The information contained in these statistical briefs is used by the West Virginia Comprehensive Cancer Program in the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division to plan, implement and evaluate evidence based interventions focusing on cancer survivorship issues. The statewide cancer coalition, Mountains of Hope, uses this information to update the West Virginia Cancer Plan and set new objectives for the plan. The HSC briefs are online at www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/statserv/Pub.asp?ID=137 and www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/statserv/Pub.asp?ID=153.

Contact Information

Marsha A. Dadisman, Director
(304) 558-7899
Marsha.A.Dadisman@wv.gov