A press conference was held on September 9th at the State Capitol announcing the release of the first-ever report on the prevalence of cancer in the Pennsylvania Latino community. This groundbreaking report was authored by our own Alder board member, Dr. Oralia Dominic of Highmark’s Health Equity division, and Dr. Eugene Lengerich of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. It is the most up-to-date cancer-related data on this population available at this time.
The primary goals of the report are to provide information about cancer incidence in Latino and non-Latino populations residing in PA. Socio-demographic data and Latino growth patterns by county are also included. Report findings show that significantly higher relative risks were seen in Latino Pennsylvanians compared to non-Latinos for cancer incidence. Breast, prostate, colon, rectal and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were the primary cancer types diagnosed in the Latino population during 2002-2009 as well as in 2013. In addition, significant increases for liver cancer in certain geographic areas were also observed. The Cancer Burden report was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities with technical assistance from Penn State Cancer Institute and the Appalachia Community Cancer Network.
Please visit the link below to learn more about how cancer is affecting the health of Latino/Hispanic populations in our state: http://www.wacharrisburg.org/2016/09/09/wach-board-member-dr-garcia-dominic-authors-first-latino-hispanic-cancer-burden-report/latino-hispanic-cancer-burden-report-pa-2016/