Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Today’s Video: Latinas and cancer

Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S.? According to the Centers for Disease Control over 40,000 women died due to breast cancer in 2006 and it's the primary cause of cancer death for Latinas.

Nevertheless a study released last week found that detection and treatment of the illness among Latinas and blacks lag far behind whites.
The study published online in the journal Cancer concluded that even accounting for socioeconomic differences and access to insurance there were still gaps between racial categories.

The following video discussed the recent findings of a College of Staten Island study on Latinas and breast cancer. The gist of the argument is that Latin breast cancer survivors need a better support system and that doing so would require a concerted effort from groups like health care professional and survivors' families:

What do you think?

Online Sources - USA TODAY,
Centers for Disease Control
Video Source - YouTube

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