Special Spotlight: Cancer Awareness Highlights
In August, CRCHD acknowledges the cancer education and outreach efforts of our National Outreach Network (NON) community health educators (CHEs) located around the nation. NON CHEs serve as critical links between vibrant racial/ethnic communities and cancer health disparities researchers, and are the “foot soldiers” in tailoring cancer health education materials and outreach efforts to meet the needs of underrepresented and at-risk communities.
Visit the links below to learn more about CHEs and their important contribution to ending cancer health disparities:
- Learn more about CRCHD’s National Outreach Network that supports community health outreach.
- New! CRCHD Spotlight on community health educator Ms. Katherine Briant, who is working to improve the health of Hispanics and Native Americans in Washington state.
- CRCHD Spotlight on Antoinette Ayers, a CHE who works tirelessly to make health services more accessible to the people in her area.
As we head into the second part of summer, CRCHD continues to recognize skin cancer that affects people of all complexions, as well as rare cancers that disproportionally affect health disparity population groups, such as head and neck cancers. For example, African Americans experience an 18% higher mortality rate from head and neck cancer compared to the general U.S. population. There are also significant disparities among the death rate of African Americans diagnosed with laryngeal cancer (twice that of non-Hispanic Whites) and the 5-year survival rate of African Americans with oral cavity cancer (18% compared to the general U.S. population's rate of 63%).
Visit the links below to learn more:
- Head and Neck Cancer
- Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer
- New! CRCHD Spotlight on K01 grantee Dr. Donita Brady who is investigating copper as a means to slow cancer growth in patients with melanoma.
- CRCHD Spotlight: Dr. Beatriz Carreno, a CRCHD grantee who is studying the use of vaccines as a potential cure for metastatic melanoma.
- CRCHD Spotlight on K01 grantee Dr. Rafael Guerrero-Preston who is exploring genetic factors that underly head and neck cancer disparities.
- CRCHD Spotlight on K22 grantee Dr. Sunday Akintoye who is studying the biology of bone cells to reduce head and neck cancer treatment complications.