The latest data highlighting the impact of cancer-related health disparities on Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders provided by the University of Hawaii Cancer center Hawaii The tumor registry is included in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2022 Cancer Disparities Progress Report. The annual publication raises awareness of the enormous toll cancer takes on racial and ethnic minorities and other medically underserved populations.
The latest data reported includes:
- Native Hawaiian men had the lowest incidence but highest mortality from prostate cancer.
- Breast cancer incidence and mortality were highest among Native Hawaiian women compared to any other racial or ethnic group.
- Samoan men were 66% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, but 34% less likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer compared to Native Hawaiian men.
- Lung cancer incidence was highest among Native Hawaiian men and women, and lung cancer mortality was highest among Native Hawaiian women compared to other population groups in the state.
The progress report presents Lillian (Kehau) Matsumotoa 78-year-old Hawaiian Native patient advocate, five-time cancer survivor and member of the uh Cancer Center Community Advisory Board. “The AACR The report allows me to educate more people, especially Native Hawaiians, about cancer disparities, and I hope they seek help early,” Matsumoto said.
The report also highlights areas of recent progress and strategies to reduce cancer-related health disparities through screening guidelines, increased access to health insurance, personalized interventions through community engagement and ways to improve communication between patients and physicians, while offering specific recommendations for achieving health equity. race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status. These interventions play a critical role in helping to reduce the burden of cancer in Hawaiithe Pacific and beyond.
“The milestone report represents tremendous insight into the cancer-related disparities experienced in the United States and also ways to address these disparities in cancer care,” said Kevin Casselassociate professor at the uh Cancer Center which also sits on the AACRof the steering committee of the recently released report.