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Event to Focus on Minority Health Disparities and Solutions

Event to Focus on Minority Health Disparities and Solutions
Luncheon to Highlight National Minority Health Month, National Minority Cancer Awareness Week
M. D. Anderson News Release 04/24/02

In celebration of the 16th annual National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, the Center for Research on Minority Health (CRMH) of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center will host a luncheon Thursday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at Houston's Crowne Plaza Medical Center, 6701 Main, to highlight the significant health disparities among ethnic minorities and the medically underserved in Houston. The CRMH has been focused on these issues since its inception two years ago.

Dr. Lovell Jones, director of the CRMH, will join with luncheon attendees to honor scientists who have led research in minority health and health disparities. Joining the CRMH will be representatives of the Houston City Council, M. D. Anderson, the Cancer Information Service, the Intercultural Cancer Council, Asian American Health Coalition, Hispanic Health Coalition, African American Health Coalition and Native American Health Coalition.

The only Congressionally mandated center for research on minority health outside of Washington, D.C., the CRMH was established to examine health disparities among minorities and the medically underserved, and to serve as a national model for the study of cancer in minorities. Historically, these individuals have been underrepresented in national clinical and prevention trials. This is despite the fact that some of these groups have a higher incidence and mortality rate of cancer than others and suffer disproportionately from the disease with respect to diagnosis, treatment and survival. 

The CRMH asserts that it is through concerted and sustained research, education and community relations outreach that progress can be made in reducing the cancer burden among minority and underserved populations. 

Currently, the CRMH is focusing its research efforts on ethnic differences in cancer incidence, mortality and response to treatment; examining the relationship between diet and cancer; determining whether cultural differences and attitudes toward cancer, health care and clinical trials contribute to poorer health outcomes; and encouraging minorities to participate in cancer prevention trials.


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