Young Latinos Have Higher Chance of Dying from Cancer than Whites, Study Finds


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If you’re Latino between the ages of 15-29, then you’re 75% more likely than whites to die of cancer, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Cancer Center, LatinPost reports.

“This is a population that shouldn’t be getting cancer and it’s devastating when they do. Knowing that a disparity exists allows us to ask questions that can help ensure everyone receives the best possible care,” said study author Meryl Colton, a medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

What are the roots of this disparity?

According to Colton, this disparity could be attributed to three factors: “disadvantages of the patient’s socioeconomic level, the possibility that for genetic reasons a cancer might pose a greater danger for certain populations, and the possibility that the medical system does not offer equal diagnosis and treatment across all ethnic groups.”

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of Latinos remain without health insurance coverage

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