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Some Iowans Face Barriers to Good Health

April 7, 2008

Des Moines, IA - Whether a person lives or dies after a cancer diagnosis may hinge on such factors as a lack of health insurance, language barriers, living in poverty -- and even the person's level of education. Gretchen Tegeler, vice president of the American Cancer Society (ACS) Iowa chapter, says her organization is kicking off a series of initiatives to eliminate those disparities through a number of outreach programs.

"Among the efforts we're making is to publish many of our resources in several languages."

Information in multiple languages also is available online and through phone-based resources. Tegeler points to health statistics that clearly indicate inequality in cancer treatment is more likely to affect certain groups of Iowans.

"Those groups include African-Americans, who are more likely to develop and die from cancer than any other group; also Hispanic women; people who are uninsured, generally; and low-income patients."

ACS takes the position that one of the most effective tools for decreasing the healthcare disparities, in Iowa and elsewhere, would be improved and expanded coverage by insurance companies, for cancer screening and treatment.

More information is available online at www.cancer.org.

Dick Layman/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - IA