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File #: Res 0243-2004    Version: * Name: Minority Cancer Awareness Month, April
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 3/24/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution recognizing April as Minority Cancer Awareness Month in the City of New York.
Sponsors: Bill Perkins, Charles Barron, Tracy L. Boyland, Letitia James, John C. Liu, Miguel Martinez, Michael C. Nelson, Christine C. Quinn, James Sanders, Jr., Larry B. Seabrook, Jose M. Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Philip Reed, Albert Vann, Gale A. Brewer, Joel Rivera, James F. Gennaro, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr.
Council Member Sponsors: 18
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Transcript, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4/21
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
4/21/2004*Bill Perkins City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/14/2004*Bill Perkins Committee on Health Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/14/2004*Bill Perkins Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/24/2004*Bill Perkins City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/24/2004*Bill Perkins City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 243

 

Resolution recognizing April as Minority Cancer Awareness Month in the City of New York.

 

By Council Members Perkins, Barron, Boyland, James, Liu, Martinez, Nelson, Quinn, Sanders, Seabrook, Serrano, Stewart, Reed, Vann, Brewer, Rivera, Gennaro and Comrie

 

                     Whereas, The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) report that minority groups receive inequitable health care, resulting in poorer health outcomes, such as higher rates of cancer; and

                     Whereas, For example, according to the CDC, African Americans are more likely to develop cancer than persons of any other racial or ethnic group; and 

Whereas, Furthermore, the CDC finds that American Indian and Alaska Natives have the poorest survival rate of all cancers combined in comparison with all other racial and ethnic groups; and

Whereas, Additionally, according to the CDC, Hispanics experience higher rates of certain types of cancer, with Hispanic women having the highest incidence of cervical cancer and Hispanic men having the third highest incidence of prostate cancer; and

Whereas, Moreover, according to the CDC, Asian and Pacific Islanders experience higher death rates of liver and stomach cancer; and

                     Whereas, The CDC notes that certain risk factors that lead to higher cancer rates are more prevalent in minority communities, such as obesity rates among African American and Mexican American women, high smoking rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives and the higher likelihood of Hispanics and Pacific Islanders to live in areas that fail to meet air quality standards; and

Whereas, The ACS states that some minority groups within the U.S. are less likely to get lifesaving early detection tests and several populations encounter barriers to access, information and support options; and

Whereas, Persons with health insurance are more likely to have received appropriate preventive care, yet many minorities lack health insurance, according to the CDC; and

Whereas, According to the NCI, minorities are less likely to have access to a regular doctor and have greater difficulty communicating their health conditions because of language and cultural barriers; and

Whereas, Awareness of the disparities of cancer rates among minority groups is necessary to increase the chance of reversing such trends; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York recognizes April as Minority Cancer Awareness Month in the City of New York.

 

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3/18/04