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Cancer and African Americans

By Makeisha Lee, Health and Nutrition Consultant According to surveys conducted by health professionals who work with the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer (sponsored by the Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute), many African Americans are not even aware of the major warning signs of cancer, thus making them more likely to die from it. In addition to this, they are less likely to participate in screening programs capable of detecting early curable cancers. For instance, fewer black women - as compared with white women - have an annual pap smear, and as a result more black women die of cervical cancer than whites. So we know the statistics in respects to how cancer disproportionately affects our community, but what can we do to avoid it in the first place? Here's one very important precautionary measure to take: Many of us are wholly unaware that there are, in fact, cancer inducing toxins right in our homes found in common products we use daily. Certain cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, bubble baths, lotions, dishwashing detergent and more contain ingredients that are cancer-causing. An example of one such ingredient is DEA or diethanolamine which is found in over 600 home and personal care [Full Story...]
















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Cancer and African Americans
By Makeisha Lee, Health and Nutrition Consultant According to surveys conducted by health professionals who work with the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer (sponsored by the Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute), many African Americans are not even aware of the major warning signs of cancer, thus making them more likely to die from it. In addition to this, they are less likely to participate in screening programs capable of detecting early curable [Full Story...]


Gentlemen, Check Your Engines Through American Cancer Society's Free Prostate Screening Program
The American Cancer Society is holding a Prostate Cancer Screening program on Thursday, February 22, 2007, from 5:00  7:30 p.m. The session is free and will be held at First Tabernacle, 105 Dodge Street, Providence, RI. An estimated 234,260 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, 770 in Rhode Island alone. Ac-cording to the American Cancer Society, the nation's leading voluntary health organization, uncertainty over testing and treatment can [Full Story...]










Sunday, 02/18/2007
Volume No.: 21
Issue: 5