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Video: Preventing cancer for future generations of Black families

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The statistics are staggering. Black people are more likely to die from cancer than other racial and ethnic groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans have the highest death rate from cancer overall.

National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week is June 13-19. Dr. Kim Barbel Johnson, a Mayo Clinic family medicine physician with the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center, says educating patients is essential to reducing and preventing cancer deaths among Black people.

Black people are more likely to die from prostate, lung and breast cancer than other races. Dr. Barbel Johnson says there are many contributing factors, including genetics, habits and other mitigating circumstances.

"It has a lot to do with the structural racism that has created the environment, not only for access but for prioritizing and evolving treatments," says Dr. Barbel Johnson.

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The family medicine physician says regular cancer screenings are key to increasing survival rates.

"It's important that we prioritize those things where we're seeing the incidence and the death rates are highest in these populations to be screened for those conditions," says Dr. Barbel Johnson.

Knowing your , regular exercise and eating a are also crucial to cutting cancer risks.

"In doing so, we will then decrease things like , increase things like vegetables within our diet, decrease the amounts of sugar and that we have in our diet," she says.

She also recommends stopping tobacco use and getting adequate sleep.

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