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Minority Health Essay

820 words - 4 pages

Heritage and Culture Differences in Families
Jennifer M. Rinoldi, RN
Grand Canyon University: NRS- 429V-0500
April 09, 2015


The United States is full of many diverse cultures from all around the world and is known as the “melting pot”. Culture can be defined as the beliefs, arts, customs etc, of a specific society or group, place or time. Each and every culture is very unique in itself and are composed of many different sets of values, beliefs, religion and traditions. These all can contribute to an individual’s choices and behaviors can ultimately influence how a person cares for themselves during times of illness, how they perceive illness, and how they may ...view middle of the document...

S are; cancers, heart disease, stroke, unintentional injuries, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, chronic lower respiratory diseases, nephritis/nephrotic syndrome/kidney disease, alzhiemers, and the tenth being suicide. In comparison to the national average heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the U.S, cancer being number two. This makes the top two between the national average and the Asian population very close with the Asians having a higher cancer rate than the national average.
Some of the other health issues amongst Asian Americans in which have a higher prevalence in the U.S, are HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Smoking and tobacco use and TB. Taking a look at these illnesses, you can see that the risk factors for these can be prevented through proper health education and by education and increasing health promotion, thus going into lack of education for this specific ethnic group.
Cancer
In this paragraph I will be discussing cancer, are one of the largest health disparities in the Asian American ethnic group. Cancer is the number one cause of death in Asian American in the U.S. This is the highest rate of cancer in comparison of any other racial/ethnic group. Asian Americans are found to have a lower incidence in some forms of cancer but have the highest in infectious origins, such as liver, uterine, cervix and stomach cancer. These forms of cancers lead to overall lower life expectancy, decreased quality of life, and increased health care costs.
One of the specific cancers I want to discuss is cervical...

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