The 1st Pennsylvania Latino/Hispanic Cancer Burden Report

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A coalition of local nonprofits will sponsor the release of the first Pennsylvania Latino/Hispanic Cancer Burden Report to provide information about prevalence of the disease in the Pennsylvania Latino community at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2016 in the Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

You are invited to attend, and the event is free and open to the public.

The primary goals of this report are to provide information about cancer-incidence risk in Latinos and non-Latino populations residing within Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania sub-regions. Socio-demographic data and Latino population growth patterns by county also are included.

Speakers include Drs. Oralia Garcia-Dominic and Eugene J. Lengerich, two of the authors of the report. And invitations also have been issued to Mayor Papenfuse, as well as Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State Sen. Rob Teplitz.

The report was compiled by two cancer health disparities researchers and a biostatistician, Gerald Miller, utilizing Pennsylvania state-level cancer registry data. Data from the American Community Survey, U.S. Census and CDC-PA Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System also was used.

This work was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Center to Reduce Caner Health Disparities (CRCHD) with technical assistance from Community Sciences and Health Outcomes CORE, Community, Penn State Cancer Institute and the Appalachia Community Cancer Network (ACCN).

Report findings show that significantly higher relative risks were seen in Latino Pennsylvanians compared to non-Latinos for cancer incidence during the 2002-2005 and 2006-2009 time periods. Many trends were continued in year 2013 as well. It is the most up-to-date cancer-related data available at this time.

Latino cancer incidence has a consistent distribution of cancer types between the various geographic areas in Pennsylvania. Breast, prostate, colon, rectum and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma were the primary cancer types diagnosed in the Latino population during 2002-2009 as well as in 2013. These make up over 50 percent of the total cancer cases for the Latino population in Pennsylvania. Furthermore, significant increases for liver cancer in non-Appalachia, non-rural and the Catchment areas as well as in Pennsylvania as a whole also were observed.

Talk to your doctor about your cancer risk and cancer screening options.  I look forward to seeing you at 11 a.m.  on Sept. 9, 2016 in the Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

Be well, and stay healthy. You can send your health questions to ¡Hola, Oralia! at dr.oralia@gmail.com.  Together we can help keep Pennsylvania residents healthy!  ¡Salud! ◆

Oralia Dominic

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