Hispanics are the largest and youngest minority group in the United States, and growing rapidly, but 1 in 3 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
Cancer occurrence and survival are influenced by economic, social and cultural factors. Hispanics in the U.S. consist of people from numerous countries and cultures but research often aggregates them into a single group, instead of differentiating between subpopulations.
What factors contribute to higher rates of cancer in Hispanic populations? What kinds of cancer are most common, and are Hispanic men and women equally at risk? What are the biggest challenges when it comes to reducing Latino cancer?
A larger, more diverse pool of Latino research participants are needed to get a more complete picture of the variations in cancer that occur between subgroups. What's being done to better understand health outcomes? What have researchers learned so far?
- Amelie Ramirez, Dr.P.H., professor and chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio and co-editor of the book "Advancing The Science of Cancer in Latinos"
- Julia Maues, patient advocate
- Kate Lathrop, M.D., assistant professor of hematology/oncology at UT Health San Antonio and a care provider in the breast cancer program at the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center
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*This interview was recorded on Monday, February 10.