Every April the American Cancer Society and other organizations work together to raise awareness about cancer among minorities in honor of National Minority Health Month and National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, celebrated this year April 9-15.
Cancer affects different populations differently, and minority groups in the United States, and in particular Hawaii and Guam, continue to bear a greater cancer burden than whites. Much of this difference is due to factors like poverty and lack of access to prevention/detection services and high-quality treatment, according to reports produced by the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society is actively fighting cancer disparities on many fronts. We are working to improve access to cancer screening and treatment, as well as quit-smoking programs. The American Cancer Society also funds new research to help understand barriers to health care and create strategies for overcoming them.