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Notice to Readers National Minority Cancer Awareness Week -- April 19-25, 1998

National Minority Cancer Awareness Week is April 19-25, 1998. In 1998, an estimated 564,800 persons will die from cancer in the United States (1); of these, approximately 85,000 will occur among racial/ethnic minorities (S. Landis, M.P.H., Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, American Cancer Society, personal communication, 1998). This week is dedicated to increasing the awareness of the importance of detecting cancer early among racial/ethnic minority groups.

To improve cancer control and prevention within minority and underserved populations, CDC and other federal, state, local, and nonprofit organizations encourage and support 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.

CDC's cancer prevention and control resources include six priority areas: the National Program of Cancer Registries, the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, the National Skin Cancer Prevention Education Program, colorectal cancer control, prostate cancer control, and tobacco-related issues. Additional information is available from CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; telephone: (770) 488-4751; and World-Wide Web site:


  1. American Cancer Society. Cancer facts and figures, January 1998. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, 1998.

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