Worldwide, 8.2 million people die from cancer every year, more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. It is estimated that in 2017 1,688,780 new cancer cases and 600,920 cancer deaths will occur in the United States alone. “Disparities between people from different settings are growing, particularly in access to prevention, treatment and palliative care” (UICC, 2017).
WellShare International has been working to reduce cancer health disparities in Minnesota through the education of front-line community health workers and community members. At the end of 2016, for example, WellShare and the Sage Screening Program at the Minnesota Department of Health held a full-day training workshop “Cancer in Your Community”. It was attended by 27 participants including 6 faculty members.The workshop offered information on understanding cancer, communication with clients and available local resources. The workshop was very successful as evaluation results after the workshop showed that 94% rated the information gained on communicating with clients about cancer to be excellent and 78% of the respondents rated the information gained on understanding cancer as excellent. Check out our two videos from the workshop here.
Other programs, such as the Karen Tobacco-Free Program, a partnership between WellShare International and KOM (the Karen Organization of Minnesota) and WellShare’s East African Smoke-Free Program, support cancer prevention by educating communities on the harms of tobacco and by creating smoke-free environments.
You can learn more about our tobacco programs here.
By Maria Tomczik
Siegel et al., 2017. Cancer Statistics 2017, Volume 67, Issue 1, January/February 2017