Cancer is the #1 Cause of Death Among Hispanics

A new report from the American Cancer Society named: Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos 2012-2014  reports that cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics. Cancer accounts for 21% of overall deaths and 15% of deaths in children. The Hispanic community is the fastest growing population in the U.S, 16 % of the total population, according to the 2010 Census. The fact is that 1 in 2 Hispanic men and 1 in 3 Hispanic women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and the probability of death is 1 in 5 for men and 1 in 6 for women.

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Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and the spread of abnormal cells. The cancers that lead the numbers for Hispanics are prostate  cancer for men and breast cancer for women. There are many different types of cancers and factors that contribute to developing the disease, some are genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices.

Lessen Your Chances of Cancer

There are many different types of cancers and some are even unexplainable and there’s no cure. Many of them can be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle and abstaining from things like:

Smoking: In the U.S. tobacco is responsible for 30% of all cancer deaths. Smoking can increase your chances for a variety of cancers: lung, mouth, larynx, esophagus, stomach, colorectum, pancreas, bladder and many more.

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Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Obesity is associated with these cancers: kidney, breast, esophagus, endometrium, pancreas, as well as the risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) is the best way to prevent this.

Alcohol: Drinking excessively is the leading cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer. It also puts you at risk for these cancers: cancers of the oral cavity and pharyx, esophagus, colorectum, and breast cancer.

Screenings: Visiting your doctor regularly when you experience any type of discomfort and being honest with your doctor can increase your chances of catching cancer at the early stages. In many cases when cancers are caught at an early stage, patients can seek treatment and have a better chance of survival.

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