Revised title: Investigating the High Cancer Mortality Rates among Young Adults of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Descent
It’s alarming to know that cancer is the leading cause of death among young adults of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander descent. The Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum reports that, between 2011 and 2015, cancer claimed over 700 lives of people under the age of 35 among this population. The mortality rates have been rising steadily over the past decade.
This situation is concerning, and it’s essential to understand the reasons behind it. In this blog post, we’ll explore the factors that contribute to the high cancer mortality rates among young adults of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander descent.
Factors contributing to high cancer mortality rates
Cultural beliefs and practices, environmental risk factors, low socioeconomic status, and inadequate access to healthcare services are some of the factors that have significant implications on cancer mortality rates among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander young adults.
Cultural beliefs and practices
Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have different cultural beliefs and practices, which contribute to their health behaviors. They tend to rely on traditional healing practices, which may delay cancer diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.
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Environmental risk factors
Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are exposed to higher levels of environmental risk factors, such as air, water pollution, and heavy metal exposure, which increase their likelihood of developing cancer.
Hashtags: #environmentalrisks #toxicexposure #cancerrisk
Low socioeconomic status
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander young adults are more likely to have low incomes and lack access to healthcare services, which results in delayed cancer diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.
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Inadequate access to healthcare services
Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders face significant barriers to accessing quality healthcare services, such as language barriers, transportation, and lack of insurance coverage, which leads to inadequate cancer prevention and treatment.
Hashtags: #healthcareservices #accessbarriers #cancerprevention
Summary: Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders experience high cancer mortality rates attributed to a combination of cultural beliefs and practices, environmental risk factors, low socioeconomic status, and inadequate access to healthcare services. Solutions should include culturally sensitive cancer prevention and treatment programs, increased access to healthcare services, and advocacy for environmental policies that protect residents from harmful pollutants. #HEALTH