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Focused on Health

Focused on Health is a monthly publication for the public, individuals who have not been diagnosed with cancer or who have successfully completed cancer treatment. Readers will learn from the experts how diet, exercise, sun protection, tobacco cessation and wellness exams can help them lead a healthier life.


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Patient Power Daily Minorities and Cancer Risk: Raising Awareness - Lovell Jones, Ph.D. (aired 5/21/07)
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National Minority Cancer Awareness Week is April 19-25

Breaking the Link

Even with the presence of healthier items on fast food menus, 66% of the U.S. population is overweight or obese. While obesity trends are prevalent across the country, they are even more pronounced for African Americans, 76% of whom are considered overweight or obese. Learn about the issues facing this population, and get quick and inexpensive diet and exercise tips. Read more

Get the Facts: Race and Cancer Risk

Do race and ethnicity affect cancer risk? This is the question frequently asked throughout the year and especially during National Minority Cancer Awareness Week in April. Learn about cancer trends among minority groups, and get a list of upcoming Houston-area community events addressing barriers to healthcare access. Read more

Up In Smoke

“Too Cool to Smoke: with Kids on the Block,” M. D. Anderson’s free puppet show, is one of the only programs that teaches kids in kindergarten through fourth grade about the dangers of tobacco use. Since the program began, it has reached almost 50,000 children. Learn why Frances, Marsha and Erick enjoy being puppeteers and how this program is making a difference in minority communities. Read more