Hispanic/Latino Community Has Unique Cancer Profile

-- Jane Parry

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanics and Latinos have a unique cancer profile that means they are less likely to get the four most common cancers, but are more likely to develop cancers related to infection, according to a report published Sept. 15 by the American Cancer Society.

The study authors note that there will be as estimated 98,900 newly diagnosed cancer cases among Hispanics and Latinos in 2009, and that an estimated 18,800 will die from cancer, with lung and colorectal cancer accounting for the most deaths among men, and breast and lung cancer the most common among women.

Relative to Caucasians, Hispanics and Latinos have both lower incidence and lower death rates for the four most common cancers of the prostate, breast, lung and colorectum; but, they have higher incidence of stomach, cervix, liver and gallbladder cancer, as well as acute lymphatic leukemia, the researchers found, and they are also more likely to have a later diagnosis.

"The Hispanic/Latino population will benefit from the same approaches that are most important in reducing cancer risk in the general population," says Vilma Cokkinides, Ph.D., the American Cancer Society's director for risk factor surveillance, in a statement. "In addition, many Hispanics face barriers to receiving adequate, affordable health care that likely have a significant impact on prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer."

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