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National Minority Cancer Awareness Week -- April 20-26, 1997

National Minority Cancer Awareness Week is April 20-26, 1997. In 1997, an estimated 560,000 deaths from cancer will occur; of these, approximately 77,000 will occur among racial/ethnic minorities (1). To improve cancer control and prevention within minority and underserved populations, CDC, its partners, and other federal and nonprofit organizations are supporting various activities including 1) tracking cancer rates among minority populations, 2) recruiting members of minority groups into clinical trials, 3) increasing and improving research efforts that target minority and underserved populations, and 4) implementing community-based education programs and outreach initiatives that target and address the specific needs of different racial/ethnic groups.

To promote policies and programs that address inequalities in health care and reduce the imbalance in risk factors, morbidity, and deaths, CDC is supporting the Sixth Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved, and Cancer. This year, the symposium is convening April 23-27, during National Minority Cancer Awareness Week in Washington, D.C. Additional information about the symposium is available from the Intercultural Cancer Council, telephone (713) 798-5383, or by accessing the World-Wide Web at Information about cancer is available from the National Cancer Institute, telephone (800) 422-6237 ({800} 4-CANCER). In addition, information about CDC's cancer prevention and control programs is available from the World-Wide Web at http://


  1. American Cancer Society. Cancer facts and figures, 1997. Atlanta, Georgia: American Cancer Society, 1997.

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