Moffitt recognizes National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

April 07, 2006

Tampa, FL – Although cancer is common in Americans of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, the occurrence of cancer varies considerably from group to group. African-American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world and Hispanic women experience some of the highest incidences of invasive cervical cancer.

An increased understanding of why cancer develops more often and survival is poor among some U.S. ethnic and racial minority groups is leading to new programs to address the problem – and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is at the forefront.

Moffitt will recognize National Minority Cancer Awareness Week April 16-22 with exhibits and information highlighting diversity, education and outreach programs at the Center as well as within the community. More than five displays will feature information on a variety of cancers that disproportionately affect minorities. These displays will focus on the Witness Project; the National Cancer Institute’s sponsored Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network and Patient Navigator Program; Community Education and Outreach initiatives and much more.

Displays are located in the lobby of the Moffitt Clinic Building, 12902 Magnolia Dr. For more information about minorities and cancer risk, contact Cancer Answers at 1-888-MOFFITT.

In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical --more-- trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

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