Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network is a network of more than 2,000 community leaders, researchers, governmental officials and public advocates from across the nation dedicated to fighting cancer among Latinos through research, training, and awareness.
Cancer is the No. 1 killer of Latinos.
Although Latinos have lower rates than Whites for the most common types of cancer, Latinos have higher rates for cancers associated with infectious agents, such as stomach, uterine cervix, and liver cancers, and also for gallbladder cancer and acute lymphocytic leukemia. Latinos also experience higher death rates for cervical, stomach and liver cancers, and are diagnosed with later-stage disease.
These health disparities - differences in incidence, prevalence, death, and burden of cancer and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific U.S. population groups - are critical to Latino health.
Because of socioeconomic and cultural disparities in health care (i.e., language barriers, cultural myths, less education and income, and a lack of access to care or insurance), Latinos are more likely to forego or delay receiving timely healthcare screening, services and treatment for cancer care, putting them at risk for suffering worse cancer outcomes, and lower cancer survival rates.
In all, Latino cancer rates are expected to rise 142% in the next 20 years.
This health crisis is especially alarming given that Latinos, already the nation’s largest minority group, are expected to comprise at least 30% of the nation’s population by 2050.
To be part of the solution, join Redes En Acción and our online network and get the latest Latino cancer information.
Contact our leaders and/or regional partners to see how you can get involved. The network is headquartered at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, with regional sites in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and New York City.
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