National Cancer Institute launches new Spanish Web site

Content is tailored to the U.S. Hispanic/Latino community

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched a new Web site, cancer.gov en español tailored to the needs of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino community.

The Web site is completely in Spanish and is one of the latest tools developed by the NCI in its efforts to address cancer health disparities, according to NCI project manager Christine Ramirez. It serves the needs of Hispanic/Latino cancer patients, their families and health care providers, who are either Hispanic/Latino or serve such patients, she said.

While visitors to cancer.gov en español get the same general type of information that users find on the English-language cancer.gov site, they will also get information that is both culturally and linguistically appropriate to their needs, Ramirez said.

"With the growing population of Latinos and Hispanics in the United States, we recognized this as a need and one of our NCI strategic objectives is to address cancer health disparities," Ramirez said. "Minorities have higher incidents of mortality from cancer, so there is a need to get information to them about cancer treatment and diagnosis to address come of the cultural specific issues. For example, there's a myth in the Hispanic community that cancer is fatal, so there's no point in finding out if you have it, or if you find out you have it, there's no point in treating it. So we address this."

Ramirez said the new site is not a word-for-word translation of the cancer.gov English site, but rather an original site that was developed based on user research with Hispanics and Latinos who were looking for cancer information online.

She said the site is organized to allow users to find information about different types of cancer and the support and resources available to cancer patients and their families. Cancer.gov en español also contains a dictionary that includes 5,000 terms and definitions in both Spanish and English.

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