Moffitt Hosts Health Fair “Feria de Salud” in Plant City for Hispanic Community

March 07, 2007

Tampa, FL  – H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, the Spring of Tampa Bay and Roche will be holding a free health fair for the Hispanic community March 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fountain of Life International Church, A/G, 3206 W. Baker St. in Plant City. For more information, call (813) 967-0496.

This event will promote healthy living by offering education sessions in both Spanish and English and free health screenings. Refreshments and snacks will be provided and free parking is available. There will also be live entertainment and activities for the children.

Screenings include:

  • Bone density
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • Hepatitis C

Hispanics in the Plant City area are deeply affected by health issues such as hepatitis, diabetes, 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 another 19.8 percent.

There are 3.9 million people in the United States infected with the hepatitis C virus, 2.7 million of which are chronic cases. These statistics illustrate the importance of education, screening and prevention.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida on the University of South Florida campus, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (www.moffitt.org) is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. 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 America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

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