Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
For Minority Physicians
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting American women, second to lung cancer as a leading cause of cancer death among women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of women diagnosed with breast cancer or dying from breast cancer varies by race and ethnicity.
In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) encourages all physicians to remain committed to ongoing education about options for breast health and helping women become more informed so that they can make educated choices about breast cancer health care.
Email the AMA-MAS if you have a project or idea that can prevent health disparities or heighten awareness regarding breast cancer prevention.
Study looks at cancer-related risk factors among Hispanics
Did you know that more than one-third of the nation's largest and fastest growing major ethnic group, Hispanics, lacks health insurance? According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, only about 31 percent of U.S. Hispanics have health coverage.
This lack of coverage reduces Hispanics' likelihood of accessing timely preventive medical services such as cancer-related immunizations and early detection examinations. A recent study pinpoints cancer-related risk factors and preventive measures for Hispanics in the United States.
In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month this October, the AMA Minority Affairs Section strongly supports initiatives for outreach programs directed at improving health care services for Hispanics and all underserved minority populations.