Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Cancer Rates Higher in a Town in Puerto Rico due to High Levels of Contamination in the Air

Salinas, Puerto Rico, is an industrial town on Puerto Rico’s southeast coast that is considered one of the U.S. territory’s most contaminated regions. Toxic ash and harmful chemicals from coal-fired and thermoelectric power plants surround this community, and residents have complained about health problems ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s. “We’re fighting a lot of battles,” […]

Cancer is the Leading Cause of Death Among Latinos

The disproportionate rate at which cancer affects Latinos was the subject of a discussion at LULAC’s 85th Annual Convention, which recently formed a partnership with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in order to raise cancer awareness within the Latino Community. Elena Roman, Chief Operating Officer of the CTCA and a speaker at LULAC’s […]

Guest Blogger Series: Jorge Madrid “Why the EPA Is important for Latino families”

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has long protected the health and well-being of all Americans, particularly Latino families. Unfortunately, conservative politicians are leading efforts to attack, defund, and in some cases even abolish the EPA. The American Lung Association warns that these attacks “ignore public health and will have dire consequences for all Americans.”  […]

Report Shows Hispanic Women Wait Longer for Breast Cancer Treatment

A new report found that Hispanic women wait longer to receive life-saving breast cancer treatment than white women by 30, 60 and up to 90 days. Researchers analyzed data from the National Cancer Database for the study published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  The delays were also the same […]

Study Suggests Link between Fatalistic Attitude and Low Rate of Cancer Screenings among Hispanic Women

A new study suggests that the low rate of cancer screenings among Hispanic women may be due to a fatalistic attitude among Latinas that cancer is not preventable and a diagnosis will almost surely lead to death. The researchers found that Hispanic women often forgo life-saving cancer screening services out of this belief, which they […]

Hispanics Lack Access to Colon Cancer Screening

According to the journal Cancer, colorectal cancer screening tests such as colonoscopies are more difficult to find in areas of the U.S. with large Hispanic populations. A group led by Dr. Jennifer Haas of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston analyzed statistics on colorectal screening taken from a national health survey, […]