Risk Factors: Latinas
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic/Latina women. Despite recent increases in screening rates, Latinas still tend to be diagnosed at a later stage, when treatment options are more limited. Uninsured Hispanic/Latina women are two to three times more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage. According to the American Cancer Society annual report, Latinas are 20% more likely to die from a breast cancer tumor than a non-Latina white woman with a similar tumor.
We do not know how to prevent breast cancer, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk and find breast cancer early:
Educate yourself on the risk factors of breast cancer and make lifestyle changes, such as limiting how much alchool you drink or becoming more physically active, if necessary.
Be familiar with what is normal for your breasts, such as changes that typically occur during your menstrual cycle. Breast self exams (BSE) are a tool you can use to do this. Remember you do not perform BSE’s to find breast cancer, but rather to notice changes in your breasts so you can tell your medical provider about the changes.
Talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about your personal risk factors, family history and screening, including when you should get mammograms.
Most insurances pay for these screenings. If you are not insured or your insurance doesn’t cover the cost, we can help.