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Current research shows an alarming increase in health problems among minority populations. More specifically, the African American community faces more health challenges due to the higher than normal incidence of diseases, with most prevalent being cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney disease. This publication provides a short description of each disease, suggestions for prevention and identifies resources available.

You may view it as printed by downloading the pdf version, or you may view it through your browser using the links below. Note: This document in pdf format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to be viewed properly. You can download it from Adobe's website by clicking the PDF icon.

Many experts believe that African Americans have an inherited tendency to develop these diseases. Risk factors such as age, gender and family history cannot be changed, which is why it is important to control the risk factors that you can such as:
  • Smoking
  • Diet
  • High salt intake
  • Lifestyle
  • Weight
  • Alcohol intake
  • Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure

Please click on the links below for a description of each disease and suggestions for prevention:
Stroke & Heart Attack
Kidney Disease
Sickle Cell Disease