Find out more about Latino health disparities from the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.
The National Hispanic Medical Association also offers a lot of information on Latino health.
Nearly one-third of U.S. children and teens are overweight or obese – and Latino children are among those at greatest risk for obesity and its related health problems. Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children aims to unite and increase the number of Latino researchers, community leaders and policy-makers seeking environmental and policy solutions to address Latino childhood obesity.
If you live in South Texas, the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in San Antonio, Texas, is an out-patient cancer treatment facility for those who’ve been diagnosed with cancer. The CTRC also has information about local mammography, support services, clinical trials and resources. For information, call the CTRC’s Cancer Information Hotline at 1-800-340-2872.
Also, visit the IHPR’s Latino cancer research network, Redes En Acción, which has many resources and materials on Latino cancer. For example, Redes produced Nuestras Historias, a bilingual collection of stories of Latina breast cancer survivors, and bilingual Buena Vida magazines on Latino cancer awareness.
NCI offers information on cancer and quitting smoking in English and Spanish if you call
1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). Cancer information specialists have access to comprehensive information on a range of cancer topics, including the most recent advances in cancer treatment. The service is confidential. The phone line is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Please let the information specialist know that you heard about them through SaludToday.
Get live, online assistant from the NCI’s LiveHelp service from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday.
For general information on cancer screening, visit the NCI at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/screening or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
If you live in South Texas, the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in San Antonio, Texas, has information about local mammography and support services. For information, call the CTRC’s Cancer Information Hotline at 1-800-340-2872.
The NCI has a database of available clinical trials across the United States. For help finding a clinical trial, you also can call the NCI at 1-800-4-CANCER.
Another phone resource for help finding clinical trials is the American Cancer Society’s help line at 1-800-303-5691 The ACS line is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Monday to Friday.
If you live in South Texas, the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in San Antonio, Texas, has information about local clinical trials. For information, call the CTRC’s Cancer Information Hotline at 1-800-340-2872 or their clinical trials number, 210-450-5798.
For general information on tobacco and cancer, visit the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The ACS also runs the Texas Quitline, a telephone-based smoking cessation counseling program at 1-877-YES-QUIT (1-877-937-7848). Quitline operators, who are available in English and Spanish, answer questions, provide personal counseling and can send two free months of nicotine patches.
In Bexar County, Texas, the San Antonio Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition (SA-TPCC) provides a list of local resources on quitting smoking.