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In 2015 cancer was the leading cause of death among Latinos in the United States, Latina Lista reports.
Last year, Latinos experienced 125,900 new cases of cancer and more than 30,000 deaths from cancer. According to experts most cancer related deaths among Latinos are caused by lung tumors in men and breast malignancies in women.
“Death rates are declining for both heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. overall, and cancer, the second leading cause,” Rebecca Siegel, a researcher at the American Cancer Society, said. “Cancer has already surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in Hispanics because of their young age structure.”
Although Latinos have lower incidence of prostate and breast cancer than whites, they are more likely to be diagnosed with “infectious diseases, including cancers of the stomach, liver and cervix.”
Doctors recommend to have a yearly medical check-up. Early detection saves lives.