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Month: October 2014

Global Health Diplomacy on Display: Dr. Varmus and Indian Prime Minister Modi

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If you’ve visited this blog before, you’re likely already aware that the Center for Global Health (CGH) is NCI’s team responsible for coordinating and prioritizing activities to advance global cancer research.  We help other countries build their own technical expertise, as well as connect and leverage resources across nations to address the challenges of cancer and reduce cancer deaths worldwide.  We call this our “global health diplomacy.”

Grantee Spotlight: Veena Rao, Ph.D. – Unraveling the Mysteries of BRCA1 in African American Women

Unraveling the mysteries of the BRCA1 gene and its role in breast and ovarian cancer in diverse populations has guided the research of Dr. Veena N. Rao, a CRCHD PACHE U54 grantee. Her other passion is training diverse scholars in cancer health disparities research.  

Rao is a Professor and Co-Director of the Cancer Biology Program and Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar in the Department of OB/GYN at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Program Spotlight: PACHE Partners Discuss Better Ways to Advance Cancer Health Equity

The NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) held an investigators workshop for the Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) program in late July at the NIH Neuroscience Center in Rockville, MD.

The goal of the meeting was to discuss the future of the program and continue dialogue on how best to further build research and training capacities at underrepresented-serving institutions, as well as enhance outreach to racially and ethnically diverse communities.

Grantee Spotlight: Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., M.P.H. – Ensuring Latina Immigrants Have Equal Breast and Cervical Cancer Care

Latinos are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the U.S. In Alabama alone, the number of Latino immigrants has increased more than 145% since 2010, with more than 186,000 Latinos residing in the state.

A majority of Latinos living in Alabama face significant health disparities due to low-income, language barriers and cultural differences. Isabel C. Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH is a CRCHD U54 grantee who is ensuring that this population group has access to cancer prevention and treatment. In a recent interview, Scarinci explained that Latinos living in the region have limited access to health care. In 2011, the state of Alabama drew up legislation that has had impacted access to health services among Latino immigrants. This is just one of the reasons why Scarinci has dedicated her career to serving as an advocate for Latinos so they can have equal care.

November Spotlight: Native American Heritage Month and Cancer Awareness Highlights

In November, CRCHD joins the rest of the nation in recognizing Lung Cancer Awareness Month, as well as celebrating Native American Heritage Month.

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in men and women and the leading cause of cancer death. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, more people die from lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Though the gap is starting to close, there continues to be lung cancer disparities in the U.S. among undeserved population groups. For example:

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