National Minority Cancer Awareness Week is April 15- 21, and the American Cancer Society is committed to helping reduce the cancer burden facing African Americans in the Milwaukee area. The American Cancer Society 8th annual Sankofa Health and Wellness Forum will be held at North Division High School on Saturday, April 28th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m.
“There are simple things people can do to stay well and reduce their risk of cancer such as getting more exercise and eating a healthier diet,” said Michelle Hinton, Wisconsin director of community partnerships for the American Cancer Society. “We encourage all medically underserved communities to begin to develop habits that will postively impact their health and ultimately reduce their propensity to develop chronic diseases.”
The American Cancer Society Sankofa Health and Wellness Forum promotes prevention and early detection through colon, cervical and breast cancer education In addition, the event includes complimentary screening opportunities, a free breakfast and lunch, a cancer survivors suite, educational materials and a host of community partners sharing health tips and resources. For more information on the Forum or to register call 888.523.7581.
African Americans have the highest cancer death rate of any racial and ethnic group in the United States, which is most likely attributed to lack of access to health care. Men and women facing barriers to health care are less likely to get information on prevention and to receive lifesaving early detection tests and high quality treatment.