The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities provides awareness for minorities who have or could develop cancer
The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities' central goal is to reduce the unequal burden of cancer and eventually eliminate cancer health disparities through research, training, and outreach.
Akinso: Minorities, such as African Americans, face higher than average incidences and death rates from breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers.
Lawson: African American men are twice as likely some of cancer than white men. They're also 2.5 times more to die from prostate cancer than their white counterparts.
Akinso: Ms. Fahcina Lawson, from the NIH's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities branch, talks about the other minority groups affected by various types of cancer.
Lawson: Asian American Pacific Islander women are almost three times as likely to have and die from stomach cancer. So you can see that there's a large gap in health disparity in those populations.
Akinso: Awareness among these minority communities is critical in the role to reduce cancer health disparities. Ms. Lawson says it's important to emphasize screening for early detection.
Lawson: Well it's also critical to make screenings more accessible. So access in these communities are very important. Screenings and early detection play an important role in reducing cancer health disparities.
Akinso: The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities has developed two innovative diversity training programs to get young people interested in a career in science. Ms. Lawson hopes the programs could lead the charge against cancer health disparities. She talks about what is involved in these two programs.
Lawson: One is the CURE program which stands for Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences and the PACHE— which stands for Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health equality. These programs offer financial support to help students pursue science and research studies at the college level so that it's possible for them to consider a career in science.
Akinso: The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities' central goal is to reduce the unequal burden of cancer and eventually eliminate cancer health disparities through research, training, and outreach. For more information on the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, visit www.cancer.gov. For NIH Radio, this is Wally Akinso— NIH...Turning Discovery Into Health®
About This Audio Report
Reporter: Wally Akinso
Sound Bite: Ms. Fahcina Lawson
Topic: Cancer, Minorities, health, disparities
Additional Info: Research, Training, and Outreach to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities