Edward Oates

Groups of young men socializing outside without facemasks often get a visit from O'Neal Cancer Center Community Health Advisor Edward Oates as she drives by, pulls over and offers a motherly word of medical wisdom. Oates is a Community Health Advisor in the Office of Community Outreach & Engagement at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.

Watch Drs. Barry Sleckman and Monica Baskin discuss the importance of cancer screenings.

The recent coronavirus pandemic has prevented patients from undergoing much needed screenings and hindered access to these procedures that could result in late-stage presentations and cancer death.

Tara Bowman (right) with her father, Joseph Henry Bowman III (left), who died from lung cancer in 2016.

Tara Bowman knows the statistics by heart. She can also recite health manuals nearly from memory when it comes to cancer awareness, health disparities and the need for early screening and treatment. 

Linda Fluker (left) and Naomi King (right) showcase some of the many masks they have made and donated to their communities. (Photos submitted)

Dens, kitchens and living rooms in communities across Alabama and Mississippi have turned into home bases for a cottage industry as health advocates dust off their sewing machines to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Menthol cigarettes are easier to start and harder to quit. – No Menthol Sunday: May 17

The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is at the forefront of a national campaign to engage faith leaders, churches and their communities in discussions about how to improve outcomes for African Americans who use tobacco. Coordinated by the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, the campaign culminates in an annual event, called No Menthol Sunday, and encourages congregations to take time during their regular religious services on May 17 to discuss the dangers of cigarette and tobacco use.


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