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Dover’s African American Festival to include cancer education, screenings

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DOVER — The Delaware Division of Public Health’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program is partnering with the Dover Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to educate about cancer prevention at the Positively Dover African American Festival on Saturday.

The partnership highlights risk factors, screenings, treatment and survivorship through equitable approaches to care for the four most common cancers: breast, colorectal, lung and prostate.

The division’s Community Mobile Health Unit will be on-site to offer a variety of health screenings.

Since 2001, Delaware has made considerable progress to shrink the racial disparity in the prevalence of colorectal cancer.

The Delaware Cancer Registry for 2016-20 indicates that non-Hispanic Black Delawareans have a slightly higher mortality rate for colorectal cancer compared to non-Hispanic White residents (14.9 vs. 12.8 per 100,000 population).

And, though non-Hispanic White Delawareans have a higher mortality rate for lung cancer compared to non-Hispanic Black Delawareans (40.5 vs. 37.1 per 100,000 population), 48% of distant-stage lung cancer cases were diagnosed in non-Hispanic Black Delawareans, compared to 41% in non-Hispanic White Delawareans.

Non-Hispanic Black Delawareans are also more affected by breast and prostate cancers, compared to non-Hispanic White residents.

For information on other cancer rates in Delaware, visit dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/dpc/cancer.html.

Learn more about Saturday’s festival, taking place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Legislative Mall, at icclarts.org/aaf.

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