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Alarming Numbers about Cancer in the Hispanic Community

Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Cancer can affect anyone, but some minority groups, including Hispanics, have higher occurrence rates and lower survival rates than others.  With roughly 48 percent of the Los Angeles population being Hispanic, this greatly impacts many of our friends and neighbors.  LA Medical wants everyone to have the best health possible and encourages healthy lifestyles, disease management and cancer screenings for all people.

Colon cancer, shown here, is more prominent in Hispanic Americans.

Colon cancer, shown here, is more prominent in Hispanic Americans.

Here are some alarming facts about cancer and the Hispanic culture:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics.  Poverty and reduced access to medical services worsen the Hispanic cancer burden resulting in Hispanics having lower cancer screening rates and are diagnosed with cancer at later stages, when treatment options are more limited and less successful.
  • Colorectal (colon) cancer among Mexicans living in Florida is more than double that of Mexicans in Mexico mostly due to the adopted “American lifestyles”. More research is being done on this problem.
  • Although Hispanics have a lower risk than Caucasians or African Americans for the most common types of cancer (lung, breast, prostate, and colon), they have a higher risk for cancers related to infectious agents like the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV related cervical cancer incidence rates among Hispanic women are about 60% higher than those among non-Hispanic.
  • The overall cancer death rate among Cuban men was double that among Mexican men, 328 (per 100,000 men) versus 163, respectively. This is largely because Cuban men are statistically more likely than Mexican men to smoke, which increases their risk of about 20 different cancers.

Lifestyle changes and screenings are the best weapons against cancer. Follow-up care is vital for those that have been diagnosed and are being treated for any types of cancer. For people living with cancers, LA Medical has equipment and supplies to improve your life and comfort. Please see us for wheelchairs, hospital beds, personal care items or anything else that will make the journey through cancer safer and more comfortable.

Sources: The Center for Disease Control, The American Society, The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC)

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