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Lawmaker addresses "Minority Cancer Awareness Month"

State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon talks about assessing cancer risks

A San Antonio lawmaker addressed the public Tuesday on a serious health issue affecting minorities: cancer.
A San Antonio lawmaker addressed the public Tuesday on a serious health issue affecting minorities: cancer.

A San Antonio lawmaker addressed the public Tuesday on a serious health issue affecting minorities: cancer.

April is designated as "Minority Cancer Awareness Month."

State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon, a cancer survivor, spoke in front of City Hall about the issue.

"It's not a death sentence, but I can assure you it will be unless you get it taken care of," said McClendon.

She passed a bill in 2011 to devote April as the month to focus on the issue.

It's a time to reach out to minorities who are often diagnosed at a later cancer stage and as a result, die sooner.

African Americans with cancer have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any other race or ethnicity.

Meanwhile, Hispanics are also less likely to see a doctor and more likely to have cancer detected at a later stage, when it's harder to treat.

For more information Minority Cancer Awareness month and statistics on minority cancer rates, click here.