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Cancer & Minorities (1988)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-10-16

Duration: 00:18:13

Subjects: Cancer | Health | Poverty | African Americans


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Freeman, Harold Interviewee
  • Craig, Jean Interviewee
  • Bridges, Charles Interviewee
  • Johnson, Sheldon Interviewee
  • McDonald, Thelma Wethers Interviewee


This segment from the October 16, 1988, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s report on cancer and minorities. Her report focuses on the findings of a recent study by the American Cancer Society, which shows that poverty is a more significant factor for cancer than race. She interviews: Dr. Harold Freeman, the president-elect of the American Cancer Society; Jean Craig, the director of the Louisiana Cancer Registry; and Dr. Charles Bridges, a urologist. Masingale also conducts an in-studio interview with Dr. Sheldon Johnson, the past president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Cancer Society, and Thelma Wethers McDonald, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and the chairwoman of the People to People Outreach Committee. They discuss: the findings of the recent study; the success of a recent conference called “The Realities of Cancer in the Minority Community” sponsored by People to People in Baton Rouge; their other educational programs on cancer and cancer prevention; and the importance of avoiding known carcinogens.