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At age 47, Mariano woke up one morning feeling sick and dizzy. He was sweating a lot. He went to the doctor, who told him his blood pressure was extremely high. He was hospitalized that day.
Three days later, he had open heart surgery to replace blocked blood vessels in his heart.
“I smoked my last cigarette the day I was told I needed heart surgery,” he said. He hasn’t smoked since. “I was given a second chance to live.”
Mariano, who loves to cook and noticed that he has more energy since he quit smoking, is part of a new effort from the CDC and the National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN) to raise awareness among Latinos about the dangers of tobacco use and second-hand smoke.
The campaign, Tips from Smokers, features real-life stories from ex-smokers like Mariano.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation has designed, developed and pilot-tested “Campeonas contra el cáncer de seno” (Champions Against Breast Cancer), a culturally appropriate, peer-to-peer outreach effort to improve breast cancer screening among Latinas.
By sharing their own experiences with being screened for breast cancer, “Campeonas” encourage their female friends and family members over the age of 40 to get mammograms.
“Campeonas” training and free-standing community educational materials are now available for free on the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s website (in both Spanish and English) for community health organizations.
One of these materials is an illustrated novela, “Un Encuentro Oportuno: Conversando Sobre el Cancer de Seno” (A Timely Encounter: Talking About Breast Cancer), which uses pictures and a story to share information about breast cancer screening.
“It is especially unique in that all elements of the project were created with input from women in the Washington D.C. Latina community to ensure cultural appropriateness, interest and usability,” said Karen Peterson, Vice President of Programs for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “The grassroots nature of the project also allows for a highly personal and comfortable discussion on breast cancer screening.”
Funding for this project was provided by the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the National Capital Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Sugary drinks are a top source of calories in the American diet.
This is troubling because the nation is struggling with an obesity epidemic.
Given that Latinos especially suffer from higher rates of obesity than several other population groups, “The Real Bears,” a recent animated short film that has generated more than 2 million views on YouTube, has now been converted into Spanish.
“The Real Bears,” which tells the story of a family suffering the adverse health effects of soda, including obesity, tooth decay, and diabetes and its associated complications, including amputation and erectile dysfunction, is produced by nonprofit group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). It features an original song by Grammy-award-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz and directed by advertising legend Alex Bogusky.
In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.”
To dispel these myths of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of this critical issue. Each year, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, take action and commit to fighting this deadly disease.
Join the Wear Red Day event on Facebook.
A new study is testing whether an automated self-help “Stop Smoking” website—available in both English and Spanish with various resources and tools to track quit progress—can help smokers quit at higher rates than trying to quit on their own.
The study, led by Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute, is a collaboration between researchers at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Upon enrollment, researchers will randomly assign participants to one of two methods to quit:
- Immediate no-cost access to the UCSF “Stop Smoking” website
- “Quit on Your Own” plus no-cost access to the same website after 6 months
Participants’ smoking status will be evaluated at 1, 3, and 6 months.
Check out Tu Guia de Salud, a Spanish-language version of healthfinder.gov’s Quick Guide to Healthy Living.
The site has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from more than 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to offer the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.
In 2002, 1 in 3 women died of heart disease. That year, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute launched The Heart Truth campaign to make women more aware of the danger of heart disease.
Now 10 years later, 1 in 4 women dies of heart disease. Although significant progress has been made, there is still work to do. Many women still don’t take their risk for heart disease seriously or personally.
Check out this infographic that highlights the importance of heart health for women.
A free telephone/web education program available in English, Spanish or Portuguese is set for 1-2:30 p.m. EST on Sept. 13, 2012.
The program, NHL (non-Hodgkin lymphoma) & CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) Diagnosis and Treatment Update, will feature speaker Dr. Christopher R. Flowers from The Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Flowers a question during the program.
This program is sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in collaboration with Abrale and Alianza Latina and supported by a grant from Genentech and Biogen Idec. The continuing education portion is sponsored by LLS.
To register, go here.