Moffitt Cancer Center Recognizes National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

April 09, 2009

Set to offer health education and mobile mammograms

Tampa, FL – While many Americans are healthier than ever before, minorities and the poor are more likely to get cancer and die from the disease. Moffitt Cancer Center is focusing on the crisis of health disparities during National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (NMCAW), April 20-25.

As part of Moffitt Diversity’s effort to educate the community about health disparities, Moffitt’s Community Education and Outreach, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, will offer free breast and cervical cancer training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23 at University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St., Suite A. The goal is to provide community representatives training in the use of a breast and cervical cancer educational toolbox designed as a teaching and promotional screening tool. The educational toolboxes consist of a video and educational material including a flipchart and brochure. The toolkits are low literacy and culturally appropriate targeting black/African-American and Hispanic groups. Health educators, nurses, social workers, community religious or civic leaders, outreach workers, other professionals, and community members are invited to attend the training. Space is limited to two staff members per agency. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. by April 22 to Maria Vives at (813) 745-2550 or maria.vives@moffitt.org.

Moffitt’s Witness Project will host a free health education workshop and information display on April 25 during the Community Day sponsored by St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 2504 Chipco Ave. Moffitt’s mammography mobile will provide mammograms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should be between 40 and 64 years of age. If eligible, women without insurance may receive the mammogram at no cost. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call (813) 745-6769.

Moffitt and Moffitt Diversity are working diligently to grow their 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 Moffitt Diversity, call (813) 745-6959 or e-mail moffitt.org/diversity.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  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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