Latinos & Cancer: Experts Tackle Cancer Myths, Disparities and Health Care in Webinar


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MaldanadoA trio of experts discussed Latino cancer issues, including disparities, cancer myths, and health care issues in a webinar April 4, 2013, for National Minority Health Month.

Speakers were:

  • Amelie Ramirez, DrPH, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Elena Rios, MD, MPH, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association
  • Rosa Villoch-Santiago, MPA, director of health disparities for the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division

Ramirez indicated that the rising U.S. Latino population faces heightened risks of certain cancer, compared to whites, according to a Saludify news report.

Ramirez also said Latino cancers are expected to rise 142% by 2030.

She also highlighted ways to reduce and prevent cancer, including making lifestyle changes like eating healthier and exercising.

Villoch-Santiago described the “Ventanilla de Salud” program, a national initiative that uses community health workers to reduce cancer disparities.

Rios said that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can provide additional assistance for Hispanics regarding health care.

Read Saludify‘s full recap of the webinar here.

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of Latinos remain without health insurance coverage

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