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Roger Williams’ Cancer Center focused on outreach to Latino community

Cancer is now the leading cause of death among Latinos in Rhode Island. This underserved population is less likely to get screened and cancer is often diagnosed in these patients at a later stage. For more than a year, Dr. Abdul Saied Calvino, a surgical oncologist at Roger Williams Cancer Center, has been on a mission to educate and care for members of the Latino community. Calvino has partnered with leading organizations in Rhode Island’s Latino community including the Latino Cancer Control Task Force and Progreso Latino. He was also recently elected to the Board of Directors of The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, where he co-chairs the Screening and Detection workgroup.

Dr. Calvino has been interviewed on Hispanic radio stations and Telemundo Providence, spoken at events sponsored by the Latino Cancer Control Task Force and others, and trained more than a dozen volunteers to spread our message of cancer care in the Latino community. Dr. Calvino, who is one of two Spanish-speaking surgical oncologists along with cancer center director Dr. N. Joseph Espat, was also instrumental in setting up a Spanish language section of the cancer center’s website www.weknowcancer.org. Dr. Calvino leads the Roger Williams’ effort to reduce cancer care disparities in underserved populations and has also worked to spread this message across the CharterCARE system by holding regular clinic hours at the St. Joseph Health Center.