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Medrano helps lead efforts to improve cancer care for Latinos

August 2004

Inadequate access to cancer screening and care is the No. 1 cancer issue for the nation’s 38 million Hispanics/Latinos, according to a report recently issued by Redes En Acción: The National Hispanic/Latino Cancer Network.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos are uninsured at a rate more than three times higher than non-Hispanic whites (32.4 percent versus 10.7 percent).

The Redes En Acción Latino Cancer Report includes a series of research recommendations for the priority issues, as well as education, training and outreach recommendations for cancer prevention and control.

"The consensus recommendations found in the Latino Cancer Report are intended to help shape a national agenda on Hispanic/Latino cancer prevention and control issues," said Martha A. Medrano, M.D., M.P.H., Redes En Acción South Central Regional Network Center principal investigator and associate professor of psychiatry at the Health Science Center. She is also director of the Medical Hispanic Center of Excellence and assistant dean of continuing medical education at the Health Science Center.

"More specifically, the aim of this report is to assist Redes En Acción in its goals of promoting Hispanic/Latino cancer research, training and public education, as well as providing advisory guidelines for national, regional and local policy makers," Dr. Medrano said.

"Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing minority population in the United States," Dr. Medrano said. "As this population expands and ages, it is imperative that the resources and strategies employed in the war against cancer be targeted as precisely as possible for maximum effect. Redes En Acción believes this Latino Cancer Report will provide a useful tool for all individuals and organizations engaged in this effort."

For more information about Redes En Acción, visit www.redesenaccion.org.


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