Latina women faces special challenges battling breast cancer
Photo: Image by UA Cancer Center
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - White, non-Hispanic women make up 85% of all breast cancer patients. But breast cancer among minorities is still on the rise, especially in Latinas.
Researchers say that's due to many things; everything from lack of screenings, to a cultural distrust of the health industry, and even language barriers.
Dr. Ana Maria Lopez at the University of Arizona Cancer Center says many Latinas aren't getting the help they need. The outcome: not good.
"Perhaps its more aggressiv,e perhaps there are other challenges, access to care, lack of early detection, or lack of access to the therapy that's needed," she said. "All of those may be factors that contribute to delays in treatment and poorer outcomes".
Dr. Lopez says the Afforable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, may give more Lantina insurance and access to screenings and treatment.
That's the topic at an upcoming free event from the UA Cancer Center. It's called "Vida! The 8th Annuel Mujer Latina Breast Cancer Conference". Here are the details:
- Saturday, October 13
- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- UAMC South Campus
According to the even website, the conference hopes to emphasize risk awareness and early diagnosis as a means to improve survivorship.