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Worry About Breast Cancer Return Is Common‎ Among Hispanics

Nearly half of Hispanic women in a new study who spoke little English expressed much worry about their beast cancers returning, and white and black women expressed far less concern, WedMD reports. Many survivors worry about recurrence, possibly due to communication difficulties, even though the odds of survival for a woman treated for early-stage breast cancer are good. Worry can affect decisions about treatment, screening, symptom reporting and overall quality of life. “Women who had a very optimistic prognosis, based on their cancer stage and node involvement, were often the ones who worried the most,” study leader Dr. Nancy K. Janz, of the University of Michigan, told WebMD. The study is published in the April 1 issue of the journal ...

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Agency: FDA Ban on Menthol Cigarettes Would Protect Latinos’ Lives

An FDA panel recently released a report that menthol cigarettes are harmful and that their removal "from the marketplace would benefit public health in the United States," the Los Angeles Times reports. Menthol is the flavoring used in about 30% of U.S. cigarettes. The National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN) welcomes this recommendation to the FDA and urges the FDA to ban the use of menthol in cigarettes and other tobacco products. By withdrawing this product from the market, the FDA would be protecting the lives of people of color, NLTCN argues. More than 82% of the African American smokers use mentholated cigarettes, as well as 45% of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, 35% of multiracial populations, 37% Latino women, and 32% of Asian Americans. "For our ...

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LIVESTRONG Opens Unique ‘Cancer Navigation Center’

The LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center recently opened in Austin, Texas, to help cancer survivors navigate an often complex health system and organize their paperwork, records, and even their emotions. The new center, located at 2201 E. Sixth Street and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, provides a range of free services for anyone affected by cancer. This includes people diagnosed with cancer, their families, friends, loved ones and the health care professionals who work with them. The center helps people with any cancer type and at any stage of treatment. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish. Watch a clip here or below of the center's senior manager of navigation, Melissa Sileo, about why patient navigation is important and how it can help people with cancer focus on ...

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IHPR’s Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez Featured in ‘Faces of LIVESTRONG’

Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, is among the cancer research leaders, survivors, advocates and donors featured on the cover of the new edition of the LIVESTRONG Quarterly magazine. Ramirez, a LIVESTRONG board member, and others share their inside stories of what it means to join up and feel the power of local, national, and global connection for cancer survivorship. About Dr. Ramirez, from the magazine: When it comes to cancer prevention and message integration, you could call Dr. Ramirez an ambassador of equality. A member of the LIVESTRONG board of directors and director of outreach and health care disparities at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio, Texas, Ramirez also ...

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Dietitian to Focus on Health of Latino Families

Diana Romano, a registered and licensed dietitian and the new family and consumer educator at the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service, believes Latinos in Oklahoma need more information on healthy diets due to high rates of diabetes and disease, the Oklahoman reports. Romano will be responsible for nutrition, horticulture and other arenas for local families. "Mainly, my focus is going to be the Latino community,” Romano said. “We need a lot of information, a lot of education on basic nutrition, how to prevent diabetes, about heart-healthy diets.” Before her new job, Romano coordinated a "Farm-to-You" program and taught nutrition classes at the Latino Community Development Agency. She also plans to work with Latinos and others in the areas of aging, ...

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VIDEO: ‘Are We Moving the World in Cervical Cancer Prevention?’

Dr. Isabel Scarinci, a cancer prevention expert at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, spoke about ways to improve cervical cancer prevention on March 17, 2011, at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) in San Antonio as part of the SALSI/CTRC Health Disparities Lecture Series. Scarinci's talk highlighted her innovative work in cervical cancer prevention among low-income, Latina and African American, and immigrant women. Watch video of her talk here. The SALSI/CTRC Health Disparities Lecture Series, sponsored by the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) and the CTRC, brings some of the top U.S. health disparities experts to San Antonio to offer the latest trends, tools and advancements in the fight against cancer health disparities. The series is a joint project of the ...

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Latinos Have New Bilingual Web Site about Diabetes

One of the world’s best-known centers of diabetes research and treatment has revamped its Web site as part of its efforts to stem a rising tide of the metabolic disorder among Latinos, The Americano reports. According to the news report: According to a story published online by Suncoast News, in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, The Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School, wants to reach the Latino population in the United States, who are twice as likely to develop diabetes as Caucasians. The website, published in both English and Spanish, wants Latinos to know the risk of a disorder by providing them with information that combines clinical care, patient education, community outreach, research and healthcare team education. Doctors from the Joslin Diabetes ...

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Number of U.S. Cancer Survivors Grows to Nearly 12 Million

The number of U.S. cancer survivors increased from 3 million in 1971 to 11.7 million in 2007, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute. There were 3 million cancer survivors in 1971 and 9.8 million in 2001. A cancer survivor is defined as anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the balance of his or her life. Many people with cancer live a long time after diagnosis; more than a million people were alive in 2007 after being diagnosed with cancer 25 years or more earlier. Of the 11.7 million people living with cancer in 2007: 7 million were 65 years of age or older. 6.3 million were women. 4.7 million were diagnosed 10 years earlier or more. The largest groups of cancer ...

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Spanish-Speakers Can Get Free Cancer Info at 1-800-4-CANCER

Spanish-speakers are encouraged to call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service, 1-800-4-CANCER, to get free scientifically based information on cancer clinical trials, prevention, risk factors and more in their language. In a new video, Aileen Ardizon, Director of Bilingual Services for the Cancer Information Service, explains how the number works and what type of servces are offered. NCI cancer information is offered in English and Spanish online, ...

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