Fox Chase Cancer Center and Grand View Hospital Focus on Cancer among Minority Populations and Encourage Regular Screenings
(April 3, 2014 ) Sellersville, PA – April is National Minority Health Month. Fox Chase Cancer Center and Grand View Hospital
seek to raise awareness on cancer among minority populations and encourage everyone to get regular cancer screenings. “Cancer uniquely affects different populations, with minority groups in the U.S. bearing the greatest cancer burden,” says Paul F. Engstrom, MD, Chairman, Medical Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center. “Becoming aware of the statistics, understanding your family history, and reducing your risk for cancer are crucial.” Consider these statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS)
- Are more likely to develop and die from cancer than any other racial or ethnic population. African-American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer.
- Are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage of cancer than whites and are less likely to survive 5 years after a diagnosis with most forms of cancer, at any stage.
American Indians and Alaska Natives:
- Have lower incidence rates for all cancers combined when compared to whites, but generally have higher rates of cancers associated with certain infections, such as uterine cervix, liver, gallbladder, and stomach cancers.
- Account for about 20% of all deaths in the US. Cancer is the second leading cause of death for Hispanics.
- Hispanic women get cervical cancer at twice the rate of non-Hispanic women.
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives over age 45, according to the Intercultural Cancer Council.
- Have significantly higher lung and colorectal cancer incidence rates than whites.
- Have the lowest cancer incidence and death rates compared to non-Hispanic whites, African Americans, and Hispanics in the US. Cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian Americans.
- Are affected by cancer in very different ways, based on country of origin. According to a study of the 5 largest Asian-American groups (Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese), colorectal cancer rates are highest among Chinese Americans; prostate cancer is more common and more often deadly among Filipino men; and Vietnamese women have the highest incidence and death rates from cervical cancer.
“Genetics, access to health care, and cultural and lifestyle differences may all contribute to the increased risk of cancer in minorities. Yet, by modifying behavior and lifestyle, individuals of all ethnicities may reduce their risk for cancer,” says Dr. Engstrom. Here’s some advice:
- Get regular medical care. Regular self-exams and screenings for various types of cancers—such as colon, prostate, cervix, breast, and skin—can increase your chance of discovering cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful. Ask your doctor about the best cancer screening schedule for you.
- Live tobacco-free. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the US. It has been linked to various types of cancer, including lung, bladder, cervix, and kidney. If you smoke or chew tobacco, quit. Ask your doctor for strategies to help.
- Eat healthy and limit alcohol. Base your diet on fruits, vegetables, and other foods from plant sources. Choose fewer high-fat foods, particularly those from animal sources, and drink alcohol only in moderation. The risk of certain types of cancer—including breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver—increases with the amount of alcohol you drink and length of time you’ve been drinking regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight and stay active. According to the ACS, about 585,720 Americans die of cancer each year; around one-third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying too much weight. As a general goal, stay lean and include at least 30 minutes of exercise in your daily routine.
- Play it safe in the sun. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. Protect yourself from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation year round by seeking shade, applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, and wearing sun-protective clothing—including a hat and sunglasses. Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps.
As a Fox Chase Cancer Center
Partner, Grand View Hospital has early access to new research discoveries on cancer prevention and treatment. Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners is a select group of community hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey affiliated with Fox Chase Cancer Center—part of Temple Health—to provide the latest in cancer research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in their own communities.
Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners offers patients, families, and their physicians enhanced resources to deal with the burden of cancer, including the newest clinical trials. Temple Health refers to the health, education and research activities carried out by the affiliates of Temple University Health System and by Temple University School of Medicine.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties with comprehensive healthcare services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View offers a range of inpatient and outpatient care—particularly emphasizing the areas of surgery and orthopaedics, women’s and children’s health, heart and vascular care, and cancer treatment. For more information about services and programs, visit www.gvh.org.