April 13-19, 2014 is Minority Cancer Awareness week, an annual event drawing attention to the disproportionate impact cancer has on minorities. Minority populations are more likely to be diagnosed with certain types of cancer and more likely to die from the disease.
Some of the troubling facts include:
Other minority groups are not spared.
Why have these groups not seen the successes in cancer survival that their white counterparts have seen over the last decade? No one factor is to blame, but a combination of lifestyle, cultural beliefs, genetics and access to care. Most experts agree the most common factors are:
While healthcare access is a key issue, equally important is the education among minorities about risk and the importance of screening. Learn more:
A few of the minority cancer issues addressed in the medical literature recently include:
Want to learn more? Visit these links:
The CDC’s Section on Health Disparities in Cancer has information about cancer risk for a number of minority groups.
The National Cancer Institute’s Multicultural Media Outreach (MMO) Program provides culturally relevant information addressing cancer prevention, treatment, survivorship, health disparities, clinical trials, and other related topics.
Learn more about cancer in African Americans through the ACS annual Facts & Figures publications.
Learn more about cancer in Hispanics / Latinos through the ACS annual Facts & Figures publications.
Learn more about disparities in the American Indian & Alaskan Native populations from the Northwest Tribal Cancer Control Project.
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