Our Mission: To provide leadership and a collective voice for racial/ethnic minority physicians to advocate for better health outcomes for our patients and our communities.
Key Goal: Reduce the burden of disease and the impact of conditions that adversely affect Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders and other medically underserved patients and communities; support providers who provide care for these patients, and advocate for funding of research and other initiatives that will lead to better understanding, interventions, and treatments for our communities.
Cancer data shows that many racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. still have higher death rates from cancer than whites:
- The cancer death rate among African American men is 27% higher compared to non-Hispanic White men.
- The death rate for African American women is 11% higher compared to non-Hispanic White women.
- African Americans have the highest incidence rates of colorectal cancer of any racial or ethnic group.
- Hispanics have higher rates of cervical, liver, and stomach cancers than non-Hispanic whites. Liver cancer incidence and death rates among Asian/Pacific Islanders are double those among non-Hispanic Whites.
- African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers.
- Cancer is the leading cause of death for Hispanics, accounting for 22% of deaths (lung and bronchus for men; breast for women).
- Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have the highest incidence of liver cancer of any racial or ethnic group in the United States.
- The five most common types of cancer among American Indian and Alaskan Native women were breast, lung, colon and rectum, uterus, and kidney.