Latinos have higher rates of preventable, infection-related cancers

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A new study finds Latinos have overall lower cancer incidence than non-Hispanic whites, but two times higher rates of preventable, infection-related cancers.
Although Latinos have overall lower cancer incidences than non-Hispanic whites, they have higher rates of preventable, infection-related cancers, such as two times higher rates of liver and stomach cancers, according to a new report.

Hispanics have 25 percent to 30 percent lower overall cancer incidence and mortality than non-Hispanic whites, according to the study published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a flagship journal of the American Cancer Society.

But the higher rates of some cancers can be attributed to less access to care. The study found cervical cancer, which is preventable through screening and vaccination, is 32 percent higher among Latinas in the 50 states and 78 percent higher in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, compared to non-Hispanic white women.

The report, published every three years, is the most comprehensive review of recent cancer statistics of the U.S. Hispanic population, including Puerto Rico.

There are over 62 million Latinos in the U.S., accounting for 19 percent of…
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