Poor language skills, low income, and low education are a few of the major barriers that inhibit Filipinos from exercising good prevention and screening practices. And, few are even knowledgeable about how certain lifestyle habits and environments might increase cancer risk. Poor healthcare coverage continues to disadvantage the population. Ten percent of non-elderly Filipinos have Medicaid or another type of public health insurance and 14% of non-elderly Filipinos are uninsured nationwide (Harle, 2007). As a result, cancer incidence and mortality rates remain high.
For these reasons, the Filipino Community Cancer Collaborative (FCCC) was established in 2005 by the American Cancer Society. FCCC’s mission is to empower the Filipino community living in the San Francisco Bay Area through culturally responsive cancer-related education and outreach programs. Efforts have been directed to educate the community about topics surrounding breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer in addition to prevention and screening. Education is crucial in preventing these cancers that are most endemic to the Filipino community in the Bay Area.
FCCC expands by fostering partnerships among volunteer organizations, health professionals, researchers and community members that are committed to improving the health of Filipinos in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently the Collaborative includes members from American Cancer Society, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, California Health Collaborative, National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service, Seton Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, and West Bay Pilipino Multi-Services Center, along with local Filipino community members.
To date, FCCC has performed the following:
FCCC has also produced the following educational materials:
FCCC would like to continue to support and assist organizations reaching out to the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Filipino community on cancer health related projects and activities. FCCC is open to covering other areas of cancer control in areas of Cancer Prevention (nutrition, physical activity, and obesity and tobacco prevention), Cancer Clinical Trials, Cancer Survivorship / Quality of Life.
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Chronic Diseases Program Assistant