SAMC surgeon discusses preventable cancer causes in minorities

Published: Apr. 4, 2018 at 9:04 AM CDT
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Cancer affects people differently. And according to the American Cancer Society, minorities continue to be at a greater risk.

“African American males have higher instances rate about 460 per 100,000 a year,” said SAMC Doctor and General Surgeon Suh Lim. “Asian Americans have lowest instances rate, about 280 for female per 100,000, and 302 per 100,000 for male population. Hispanic group has a higher instance rate of cervical, stomach and liver cancer when compared to non-Hispanic white group.”

Keeping in mind that’s a broad defined group, Dr.Lim explains a majority of cancer is liked to family history. She adds the 42% of newly diagnosed cancer can be avoided because it’s linked to what you put in your body.

“19% to tobacco use, and 18% related to physical activity, excessive body weight, alcohol consumption, and poor nutrition.”

Dr.Lim stresses different cancers have different detection rates and symptoms won’t always show up.

“Most cancers like pancreatic cancer or gallbladder cancer don’t show up early enough. It may be stage 3 or stage 4 and surgical reception may not be an option for them.”

So she advises people to go to the doctor regularly and discuss your family’s cancer history.

“We have a low dose catscan to detect lung cancer. We even have a stool test to detect cancer without going through a colonoscopy.”

She adds to stay up to date on your vaccinations. Vaccinations can prevent cancers caused by viral diseases, including HPV.

Again, prevention and early detection are key, not just in minorities. You can visit,, or SAMC for further information and support groups.