REGION : New Office Will Stress Cancer Awareness

Health concerns raised by Latino community leaders have prompted the American Cancer Society to open a branch office in Huntington Park.

Slated to open by the end of the month, the Southeast chapter office will provide cancer prevention education and awareness services. The chapter will also provide practical help, information and emotional support to cancer victims and their families.

Educational programs will focus on informing residents about the risks of tobacco, particularly to teen-agers and pregnant women. An emphasis will be placed on preventing breast and prostate cancers, which have high occurrence rates among Latinos, said David Aguilar, director of the new branch and a senior program specialist for the society.

The chapter, which was spearheaded by Huntington Park Councilwoman Jessica Maes, will be led by 30 volunteers, many of whom formed the Huntington Park Branch committee in July.

The Southeast chapter will be located at 3636 E. Florence Ave. in donated office space.

Information: (213) 386-7660.

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