September 11's Fact of the Day

In a 2006 study, the Office of Women’s Health in the National Institutes of Health highlighted that Asian American women have the highest life expectancy than that of any other ethnic group in the United States at 85.8 years. However, Asian Americans still combat a plethora of factors that endanger their health. Most notably, the leading cause of death in the Asian American community is cancer. Cervical cancer, for example, affects Vietnamese American women more often than other women. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain frequent medical visits for early detection and disease prevention, have health insurance, and be able to speak with medical professionals when needed and not with a language barrier. Keeping a healthy lifestyle, though, is important as well.

Sources: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/content.aspx?ID=3005http://orwh.od.nih.gov/pubs/WomenofColor2006.pdf

Diabetes Factsheet: http://www.ecaasu.org/site/advocacy-factsheet-diabetes/