IN THE NEWS
September 16, 2015 - Press Release:
Beyond Awareness, Early and Comprehensive Access to Services Critical to Combat Cancer Among Hispanics
Washington DC — “These data need to be looked at as part of the larger picture of the health of Hispanics. Hispanics live longer than non-Hispanic whites and overall have a lower incidence rate of cancer than non-Hispanic whites. To give dire warnings without offering resources for care and treatment is not only irresponsible but it is also unethical,” said Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance), the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group. Her comments came as the American Cancer Society (ACS) released findings today on cancer incidence and mortality among Hispanics.
According to the Alliance, some of the key lessons highlighted by the report are:
“This cancer pattern is what has concerned us for a while and it is another reason why, among other efforts, we have been very active in encouraging people to enroll in health insurance. We have the tools and capacity to do better. In the case of tobacco, we need to reverse the higher incidence rates of smoking among Hispanic youth. For cervical cancer we have an HPV vaccine that works and with full immunization rates we could nearly eliminate cervical cancer in our lifetime,” concluded Dr. Delgado.
For more info on cancer visit the Alliance’s Nuestras Voces Network at nuestrasvoces.org, or call the Alliance’s bilingual Su Familia Helpline at 1-866-783-2645
About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (The Alliance)
The Alliance is the nation's foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States with a mission to achieve the best health outcomes for all. For more information visit us http://www.hispanichealth.org.