Moffitt Cancer Center to provide statewide prostate cancer education

July 28, 2009

Program focuses on African-American, Haitian and Latino communities

Tampa, FLMoffitt Cancer Center has established the Prostate Cancer Toolbox Project to inform men about prostate cancer symptoms and provide reliable resources to aid men in making informed decisions. The project focuses on African-American, Haitian and Latino men in the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida.

The Moffitt Program for Outreach Wellness and Educational Resources (M-POWER) will hold “train-the-trainer” sessions to teach community health workers around the state starting in the fall. Trainers will attend six-hour workshops on adult education, health literacy, prostate health, community resources, community engagement and advocacy. Trainers will then use a toolbox to conduct sessions in the targeted areas. Toolboxes consist of a prostate cancer DVD, a flip chart, teaching tips and brochures with prostate cancer awareness messages, and will be produced in English, Creole and Spanish. Upon completion of this free program, trainers will understand how to use the toolboxes to educate others.

“The Toolbox Project will allow us the opportunity to empower the community on matters of prostate health and encourage men to address concerns with their healthcare providers,” said Venessa Rivera Colón, the coordinator of M-POWER in Moffitt Diversity.

African-American, Haitian and Latino men were chosen to receive the education because of existing health disparities:

  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in African-American men, and the mortality rate for prostate cancer is higher than any other racial or ethnic group in the nation. The death rate for prostate cancer is 2.4 times higher in African-American men than in white men. 
  • Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Latino men. While prostate cancer death rates have decreased among Latino men over the past couple of years, they still are more likely than white men to die after being diagnosed.
  • Haitian men face additional barriers due to differences in language and culture.

The training sessions will include a light breakfast and lunch. For more information, please contact Venessa at (813) 745-4306 or 1-800-456-3434 ext. 4306.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center — a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s 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.