MOFFITT, TAMPA BAY HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCACY PARTNERSHIP HOLD

August 09, 2006

TAMPA, Fla.– H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and CHAP (Community Health Advocacy Partnership) will be holding a health fair for the Hispanic community on Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the City of Tampa’s Cordelia B. Hunt Recreation Center located in Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave. For more information, contact the Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce office at (813) 414-9411or Moffitt’s Community Education and Outreach Department at (813) 745-2550.

This event will promote healthy living by offering health education in Spanish and English and health screenings at no-cost to the Hispanic community. Screenings include checks for blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, mammograms and others.

Hispanics in the Tampa Bay area are deeply affected by health issues such as heart disease and cancer. Heart disease is the number one killer of Latino/Hispanic Americans and cancer is the second leading cause of death. According to the American Heart Association, of the 117,000 Latino/Hispanic Americans who die each year, heart disease and stroke are responsible for 29.3 percent of these deaths and cancer takes the lives of 19.8 percent. These statistics illustrate the importance of health screenings and education.

Moffitt’s mobile unit will be on site offering mammogram screenings for women ages 40 and older. Women without health insurance may be eligible for a no-cost exam. Moffitt accepts most private insurances, Medicare and standard Medicaid plans for this service. Appointments are required for mammograms only. To pre-qualify and register for a mammogram, call Moffitt at (813) 979-6769.

Refreshments will be provided and free parking is available. There will also be activities for children.

The mission of the Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is to serve the community while energizing Hispanic business and the economic growth of Tampa Bay.

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In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical 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 the 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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