A study by the American Association for Cancer Research showed that the death rate from the disease continues to decline and that there are now more than 18 million survivors, a record number that had not yet been reached and which represents a decrease in the number of cancer patients. represents. 2.3% in the death rate between 2016 and 2019.
Advances in cancer research, improvements in screening tests, and new treatments are just some of the factors that have contributed to this optimistic outlook for American society.
Despite this progress, cancer continues to result in a notable incidence in the Latino community, according to data provided by the American Cancer Society (SCA). voice of america had reached.
higher incidence in Latinos
The research, which used data for 2021, estimated that 176,000 Hispanic residents in the United States would be diagnosed with cancer, of which 46,000 would die. The most common types of cancer among Hispanics in the US are those affecting the lung, breast, colon, and liver.
“We are seeing that the incidence is higher, but these studies also show that many times the problem is that when you go to the doctor, the stages of the cancer are a little more advanced,” he said in an interview. tell during visa on arrival Evelyn Rodriguez-Robles, director of Outreach and Prevention at Cooper University MD Anderson Cancer Center in New Jersey, as well as a spokesperson for the ACS.
lack of access to healthcare
The main reason this scenario is justified is that Latinos, in general, work in more volatile economies, which is why access to healthcare is, in the main, more complicated than other sectors of society.
Especially because, on many occasions, they do not have the possibility to pay for private insurance and postpone going to the doctor, not considering this type of expenditure a priority.
In fact, a report by the School of Public Health of the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) reflected that “the Latino population in the United States is disproportionately affected by barriers to medical care”. .
“Their precarious socioeconomic status in general and their migrant status place them among the most vulnerable populations,” said Valdemar Diaz Hinojosa and Xochital Castañeda of the UCB Health Initiative for the Americas. visa on arrival,
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To this, they point out that “undocumented people in particular, are even more exposed, as they have less access to services than those born in the United States.”
“As the Latino population continues to grow, it is important not only to act on these barriers, but also to devise solutions to ensure the well-being of current and future generations of Latinos in the United States,” he said of those policies. Let us add about what should be taken in relation to mitigating this condition.
According to data provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Latinos have the highest rates of uninsured nationwide. It is estimated that approximately 29% of the Hispanic population between the ages of 18 and 64 are uninsured, as opposed to 7.4% of the non-Latino white population.
“There are many barriers in the community, including things as simple as transportation and insurance, that prevent many people from getting regular medical checkups,” says Rodriguez-Robles.
In this line, the board of Cooper Sanitary University also cites “lack of education” as another factor contributing to the absence of regular check-ups.
“It is very important that we educate ourselves properly, not just what we see on many websites and sometimes it does not have any scientific basis. Medical trials are needed to reduce the rate of cancer cases in the country. The population should be educated about the need,” he stressed.
A woman who works in a very poor community in New Jersey assured that she sees these deficiencies in minorities every day and that on many occasions “you have to take a friend or family member by the hand to medical appointments”. Because “shame and lack of education prevent the community from taking those exams”.
However, he stresses that we must “spread the importance of getting screening tests, mammograms, pap smears, colon, prostate or lung exams.”
“If we find early changes in some cases and we see that there is a cancer there, it can be considered minimally invasive and painful,” he explains, stressing that those with fewer resources and without There are also programs for people with papers to get these types of tests done in the United States.
From December 5 to 9, Cancer Screening Week is celebrated in the United States, an effort promoted by the American Cancer Society and other organizations such as Genentech, Stand Up to Cancer, and Optum, aimed at raising awareness among the population about this problem. Are being given. “Encourage Latino Communities to Catch Up on Recommended Cancer Screening Tests.”
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