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Cancer Is The Leading Cause Of Death For Hispanics In The U.S.

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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? 

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*This interview was recorded on Monday, February 10.

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.