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Coalition Formed To Tackle Minority Health Problems

April 21st, 2008 by flanews

Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the country. They have higher rates of cancer than white men and die more frequently of the disease. Lawmakers joined doctors and professors at FAMU Monday in Tallahassee to announce the launch of the Coalition on African American Mens Health. The coalition will try to figure out why black men have a harder time fighting cancer. House Representative Curtis Richardson said the state is already spending money looking for an answer.

Well spend millions of dollars over the next several years on biomedical research and we included language in our biomedical research legislation that would cause them to focus specifically on minority health disparities while trying to recruit minority health practitioners, said Richardson

Doctors and lawmakers agree that education is important in the fight against cancer. The coalition will try to educate high risk groups.

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