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Special Spotlight: Cancer Awareness Highlights

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness

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:

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%).

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Updated: 11/19/14