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Preventing Cancer in the Latino Community

The purpose of this project was to decrease cancer mortality among Latinos in Polk County and in migrant and seasonal farm workers in the Williamsburg area by hosting cancer forums targeted at Latino service organizations, and hosting two family cancer prevention awareness night.

A series of seven forums on various cancer-related topics focusing on the Latino community began in October 2010 and continued through April 2011. Topics included radon, clinical trials, Latino cancer data, children and cancer, cancer prevention, free screenings, and survivorship. The forums averaged at 15 people per forum. These forums received very positive feedback.

2 Cancer Awareness events happened, one at the Hola Center in Des Moines and another at the Migrant Camp in Williamsburg. A total of 205 people participated in these events, which featured information on cancer prevention, including the importance of increased fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, not using tobacco, and only getting the recommended amount of sun exposure. Healthy food and prizes were also provided. Evaluations of both the events showed that participants gained knowledge because of the event in each of the four areas that were focused on to prevent cancer.