Minorities and Cancer

The findings in a new study at the Moffitt Cancer Center suggests that black, Asian, and Hispanics feel they are less likely to get cancer, even though the research indicates the are more at risk to develop and die from cancer.   Blacks have a higher cancer incidence, prevalence, and mortality rates

The study shows that whites are more likely to take steps to reduce their risk of cancer than minorities, especially Hispanics.  All race and ethnic groups said it was difficult to know which of the cancer prevention recommendations they should follow.

Read more about the study at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Press Release or to read the abstract.

As home health clinicians we need to know current evidence-based prevention strategies, including the recommendations for specific prevention screenings, all adult immunizations (see the Immunization & Infection Control BPIP to be released June 3, 2013 for education and resources).  Preventing is essential to assist with reducing chronic and preventable illnesses.  Home health’s focus is typically related to specific treatment of an acute or subacute disease or condition, but the role of prevention is for all settings, including home health.

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