Group fighting Marshallese cancer travels to Arkansas

Islanders travel to Arkansas to develop survivorship plan

Posted: August 22, 2015 at 1 a.m.

The numbers are high for an island nation with a population of about 55,000.

By the Numbers

Below are statistics for Marshallese living on the island

• 6.4 percent adults ages 50-75 having fecal occult blood test screening for colorectal cancer

• 7.8 percent women received breast cancer screening through examination or mammogram

• 36.4 percent of women screen for cervical cancer

• 60 percent of people aged 15-64 at high risk of developing diabetes, cancer and stroke

• 60 percent are overweight or obese

• 20 percent are tobacco users

• 20 percent have high blood pressure

Source: Republic of the Marshall Islands Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

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