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Check out this fact-filled video about the accomplishments and possibilities of cancer research.
The video, from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), urges people to learn more about how cancer research is saving lives, and join in supporting National Cancer Research Month here.
Check out these upcoming conferences on Latino health and cancer health disparities issues:
Health Disparities Conference: March 6-8, 2012
Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education will host its Fifth Health Disparities Conference March 6-8, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference, titled Achieving Health Equity through Access, Advocacy, Treatment, and Policy Development, will include discussions on successful multidisciplinary models for improved health systems outcomes.
NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: March 19-20, 2012
The 5th Annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Science at the Crossroads is scheduled March 19-20, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. The goal of the conference is to facilitate growth in the research base by providing a forum for communicating and networking about the science of dissemination and implementation.
AACR 2012 Annual Meeting: March 31-April 4, 2012
The American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2012, scheduled March 31 to April 4 in Chicago will highlight the latest findings in all major areas of cancer research. Investigators in various disciplines will attend and benefit from hearing about these advances and networking with colleagues. The conference theme, Accelerating Science: Concept to Clinic, emphasizes the synergy among basic, clinical and translational research that will continue to lead to effective cancer therapies and prevention strategies.
NHMA 16th Annual Conference: April 26-29, 2012
The National Hispanic Medical Association will host its 16th Annual Conference April 26-29, 2012 in Washington D.C. Theme of the conference is Innovations that Improve the Health of Hispanics, Families and Communities.
Increasing rates of obesity and diabetes may be contributing to a steep rise in liver cancer, or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), among Latinos in the U.S., particularly in Texas.
Overall U.S. HCC rates grew from 1.7 cases to 5 cases per 100,000 from 1980 to 2005, and reached 7.5 cases per 100,000 among Latinos, according to data presented at a recent American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conference by Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
Dr. Ramirez and her colleagues also found that Latinos accounted for about 33% of HCC cases in Texas and 75% of cases in South Texas, while also documenting corresponding increases in the prevalence of obesity and diabetes among Texas and South Texas Latinos, according to The Oncology Report.
Read more about the study here.
Check out this new video from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) focusing on cancer health disparities—differences in the rates of disease and death among minorities compared to other population groups.
The video features perspectives from numerous Congressional officials, federal agency leaders, and a clinician on possible policy prescriptions that are necessary to help reduce cancer health disparities.
Also featured is Latino Congressman Raul Grijalva from Arizona:
Depression, in addition to other barriers, may prevent Latina breast cancer survivors from undergoing preventive health screening for colorectal and ovarian cancer, according to a new study.
The study was presented by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, professor and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, on Sept. 19, 2011, at the Fourth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Washington D.C.
“Depression can make people more inattentive to potential risks to their health and more likely to ignore recommendations to reduce their risk,” Dr. Ramirez said.
Because depression is more common among breast cancer patients than the general population and because 10% of all new cancers are diagnosed in cancer survivors, Ramirez and colleagues examined the extent of depression among a group of 117 Latina breast cancer survivors to assess the barriers that were thwarting preventive health screening for colorectal and ovarian cancer.
All of the outcomes were self-reported and all patients were screened for depression.
“The most important thing that we found was that Hispanic breast cancer survivors were more depressed than Hispanics in the general population, and that they were not following recommendations to continue their other cancer screening behaviors,” Dr. Ramirez said.
Of the women who were surveyed, about one-third met the criteria for depression. Only five had been screened for both colorectal and ovarian cancers and about 60% had not been screened for one cancer or the other.
Ramirez said that a broad-based preventive strategy is needed to increase screening and healthy behaviors among this population.
“Regardless of depression or not, we need to work with these women to help them understand that they need to get more involved with their health care,” she said. “We also have to get a better handle on the underpinnings of depression among cancer survivors.”
Read more here.
May is National Cancer Research Month, declared by the U.S. Congress in 2007, in recognition of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and its focus on high quality, innovative cancer research.
Latinos suffer greater incidence of certain cancers, and worse outcomes in others.
Why is basic cancer research so important for all races/ethnicities?
Watch the AACR’s video here or below to find out:
To learn more, visit the AACR’s Web site, which features information on getting involved, including contributing to the AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer and e-mailing Congress.
By 2050, nearly one in every three people will be Latino.
Yet Latinos tend to suffer a heavier burden of certain health problems, such as higher obesity rates and worse breast cancer outcomes, said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of SaludToday and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Ramirez recently addressed Latino cancer issues as the 2010 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lecturer.
“The challenge is that, as a group, Latinos have less education, higher poverty rates, less access to healthcare and lower rates of insurance,” she said. “They also bring unique cultural customs that we need to understand to improve their access to care and response to treatment. We need to level the playing field to provide this population with better screening for early detection and better access to quality of care.”
See Dr. Ramirez’ entire presentation on Latino cancer here.
New study findings show an increased risk for cancer among Latino populations, but unique demographic characteristics suggest the problem may be worse than currently known.
“As we see the Latino population age, we are going to see the current disparity in knowledge and outcomes become an explosion,” said Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
Ramirez received the fifth annual AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship at the 101st AACR Annual Meeting 2010 and delivered a lecture, “Networks in Acción for Latino Cancer Research,” on April 18.
Currently, the rate of breast cancer among Latinas is lower than that in the general population, but the diagnoses are occurring earlier and the stage at presentation is becoming more severe. Latinos are already the largest U.S. minority population at 13 percent, and by 2050, one in every three individuals will be Latino, Ramirez said.
“The challenge is that, as a group, Latinos have less education, higher poverty rates, less access to health care and lower rates of insurance. They also bring unique cultural customs that we need to understand to improve their access to care and response to treatment,” she said. “We need to level the playing field to provide this population with better screening for early detection and better access to quality of care.”
Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday, has been named the 2010 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lecturer.
The lectureship annually recognizes an outstanding investigator who has made meritorious contributions to the cancer research field and who has, by leadership or example, furthered the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research.
Dr. Ramirez, a tireless advocate for Latino health, has spent 30 years directing programs focused on health promotion and communication to reduce chronic disease and cancer health disparities affecting Latinos, and train and mentor new Latino researchers.
Dr. Ramirez will give her lecture on Latino cancer at the AACR 101st Annual Meeting at 4:15 p.m., April 18, 2010, in Washington D.C.
“I am extremely excited to receive this prestigious honor from the AACR,” Dr. Ramirez said. “For more than two decades, one of my top priorities has been to increase the number and quality of minority doctors and researchers engaged in cancer control and prevention. As the U.S. continues to grow more diverse, it will take a more diverse medical, social and behavioral research field to successfully reduce and prevent cancer among these minority populations.”