Aug 19, 2022 10:00 AM

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Author: Nathaniel Ferre, Community Health Educator

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In 2012, Governor Gary Herbert declared August Pacific Island Heritage Month. Utah is home to a large and growing Pacific Island community, with more than 50,000 Pacific Islanders residing in the state. To begin the 2022 festivities, an event was hosted July 30 by Pacific Island Knowledge to Action Resources (PIK2AR) at Lodestone Park in Kearns. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s community outreach and engagement team attended with the Colorectal Education Cancer Exhibit, also known as CECE, the giant inflatable colon.

Several community health organizations, local vendors, and small businesses were also present. Activities included cultural heritage education, dance performances, and more. One attendee said, “The festival grows every year and has a lot of fun things to do for families.” Another noted, “I am glad we were able to hold our tenth annual Pacific Island Heritage month kickoff festival in Kearns. The community was excited to have this type of event in this area.” More opportunities to participate in Pacific Island Heritage Month can be found at PIK2AR’s website.

Huntsman Cancer Institute, in partnership with PIK2AR, wants all to know we can take action to reduce our cancer risk. Here are five things we can do to help prevent more than 50% of cancers:

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Cancer touches all of us.

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