Cancer Still a Stigmatized Disease In Communities of Color

February 21, 2008

Silence is often the first barrier to progress against cancer, Tennessean columnist Dwight Lewis writes. This column highlights the Witness Project as one of the promising steps being taken to address the gaps in cancer incidence and deaths between black and white members of our community.

The Witness Project, supported by Susan G. Komen for a Cure and the Tennessee Department of Health, was launched in 2006 by a group of community partners, including Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Office of Minority Affairs, the Metro Public Health Department of Nashville/Davidson County, the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service, the Cervical Cancer Coalition of Tennessee, and the Alpha Delta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

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