Minority Cancer Awareness: What Everyone Should Know
Article date: April 1, 2015
Every April the American Cancer Society and other organizations work together to raise awareness about cancer among minorities in honor of National Minority Health Month and National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, celebrated this year April 5-11.
Cancer affects different populations differently, and minority groups in the United States continue to bear a greater cancer burden than whites. Much of this difference is due to factors like poverty and lack of access to prevention/detection services and high-quality treatment, according to reports produced by the American Cancer Society. For instance, African Americans and Hispanics in the US have higher poverty rates than whites and are less likely to have health insurance, making it harder for them to get the care they need.
The American Cancer Society is actively fighting cancer disparities on many fronts. We are working to improve access to cancer screening and treatment, as well as quit-smoking programs. The American Cancer Society also funds new research to help understand barriers to health care and create strategies for overcoming them. Many of our materials are available in other languages. Check out the links below to learn more about these efforts.
Cancer Information for Patients and Caregivers
- Cancer.org en espanol
- Asian Language Materials
- Circle of Life: Cancer Education and Wellness for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
- Breast Cancer Awareness for African American Women
- Cancer Awareness for Hispanic Women
- La mujer hispana y la colaboración con su médico
American Cancer Society Research Information
- Cancer Facts & Figures for African-Americans
- Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanic/Latinos
- Datos y Estadísticas Sobre el Cáncer Entre los Hispanos/Latinos
- Achieving 80% by 2018 Screening Goal Could Prevent 200,000 Colon Cancer Deaths in Less Than 2 Decades
- Colon Cancer Survivor Becomes Activist
- Foundation Urges Responsible Food Marketing to Kids
- Community Steps Up to Support Pancreatic Cancer Survivor
- One-On-One Help May Work to Get Minorities to Stop Smoking
- Half of Premature Colon Cancer Deaths Linked to Disparities
- Rates of Testicular Cancer Increasing in Young Hispanic Men
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