Georgia Cancer Center is Training Black Church Leaders On How to Help Congregants Decrease Cancer Risk

Some community members learned about a topic Saturday that many want to avoid: Cancer. It all started with church leaders touring the Georgia Cancer Center and learning what all is there.

At least 50 churches were represented in this initiative to fight cancer: “The cancer center is a community resource for education, for prevention, early detection and treatment,” Dr. Sharad Ghmande, Associate Director of clinical research at the Georgia Cancer Center, said.

Representatives from the Georgia Cancer Center say education is key. That is why the center teamed with the 10th district’s General Missionary Baptist Convention to share information about cancer disparities, prevention and care.

Dr. Ghande told us that less than 5 percent of people in our country participate in clinical trials, and even less minorities take part: “So if you come and ask me, why aren’t you making progress? Well, it’s just because we don’t do enough work,” Dr. Ghmande explained.

Reverend Karlton Howard, president of the General Missionary Baptist Convention, is one of the many pastors who got trained to train: “Our ministry believes in holistic ministry, not just the spiritual part. The physical part is very important.”

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SOURCE: Samantha Williams