Minority Cancer Awareness: By the numbers

Cancer affects each person differently, but research has shown that certain minority populations run a higher risk of various types of cancer compared to non-minorities. According to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society and The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., many disparities are apparent among minorities such as African-Americans and Hispanic/Latino Americans. The cause of these disparities may be attributed to issues such as poverty, access to healthcare and other economic factors. April is Minority Cancer Awareness Month, and the goal is to address these disparities publicly and to advance health equity across the United States.

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