We're pleased to report that more than 9,000 people tuned in to our Latinos Contra El Cancer Fest on the evening of Nov. 12.
A replay of the bilingual program, hosted by Elva Saray of Telemundo 52's Acceso Total show and our own Desiree Berenguer Carton, can be viewed on YouTube.
The show featured many special guests including our CEO Gary Reedy, Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP, the scientific officer of the ACS Board of Directors; Erika Rees-Punia, PhD, MPH, principal scientist in our Department of Population Science; John Alfonso, incoming Board chair; Lillian Santos, PsyD, EVP in Puerto Rico; and David Garcia, PhD, an ACS-funded researcher at the University of Arizona.
Viewers also heard survivors stories and learned about our work in health equity, the cancer burden the Latino community, the rise in liver cancer cases among people of Mexican origin, the importance of exercise and eating a healthy diet, and our CPS-3 longitudinal cancer study, in which 20,000 Latinos are enrolled. Other guests included Ricky Rubio from the Phoenix Suns; a cooking demo with Chef Aaron Sanchez; and performances by Jose Alberto "El Canario," Nancy Sanchez, Jay Ruiz, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, and more. They even learned how to make a mojito mocktail!
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the Latinx community. Latino communities face vast health disparities and worse cancer outcomes due to lack of access to screening and safe, comprehensive care.
For many Latinx families having open conversations about cancer is taboo. However, being transparent about how to prevent, screen for, and treat cancer can help improve and save lives.
Learn more about Latinos Contra el Cáncer and how to help at acslcc.org.