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The poor participation of Hispanic women in pap smear and breast cancer programs has resulted in them having the highest rate of cervical cancer in California. Furthermore, the late detection of breast cancer in Latino women has resulted in breast cancer being the number one cause of cancer-related death for them. 9.5 per 100,000 Hispanic women develop cervical cancer. A study by the American Cancer Society and the local Health Department has found that only 7% of Hispanic women have pap smears and only 1 in 4 have mammograms. Hispanics make up a third of cervical cancers diagnosed each year and they are often late stage diagnoses which gives them a poorer prognosis. Early testing and treatment in Hispanics is inhibited by lack of insurance, cost of health care, poor English speaking skills, immigration problems, cultural beliefs and poverty.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by San Francisco Chronicle
About: Hispanic women generally receive late diagnosis and treatment of breast and cervical cancer
Date: 19 November 2004
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Author: Jason B. Johnson
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