Moffitt Recognizes National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

April 12, 2007

Tampa, FL – Life expectancy and overall health have improved in recent years for a large number of Americans, due to an increased focus on preventive medicine and dynamic new advances in medical technology, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. However, not all Americans are benefiting equally. While cancer affects people of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, education levels, geographic locations and economic classes, the disease disproportionately impacts minorities and the economically disadvantaged.

In observance of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (NMCAW), April 15-21, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute will feature exhibits and information focusing on various cancer prevention topics and outreach efforts. The displays, presented by Moffitt’s Cancer Education & Outreach Department and the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network (TBCCN), will be on display April 16-20 in the lobby of the Moffitt Clinic Building, located at 12902 Magnolia Drive.

Inability to communicate effectively is a contributing factor to cancer health disparities. As part of NMCAW, Moffitt is pleased to announce the launch of a new Spanish Web site, Moffitt.org/español. Moffitt is committed to reducing cancer health disparities by making cancer information more readily available to Spanish speaking patients, families and the general public. The Web site features themes of prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship.

Highlights of the Spanish Web site include:

  • Information organized by types of cancer
  • Clinical programs and services
  • Support and resources
  • Moffitt news and events

Moffitt and its Office of Institutional Diversity & Research are working diligently to grow its health disparities research projects, improve access to cancer care, and increase cancer awareness and prevention education opportunities for minorities. To learn more about the work of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Research, call (813) 745-6675 or e-mail diversity@moffitt.org.

Moffitt recognizes that attention to health disparities research and education is critical to achieving its mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. For more information about minorities and cancer risk, contact Cancer Answers at 888-MOFFITT.

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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