How Ethnicity Affects Cancer Risk

How Ethnicity Affects Cancer Risk


New evidence suggests that your ethnicity
may be a factor in your cancer risk. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest health news. According to a new report from the American
Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the US. Lung cancer
leads the list of deadliest cancers for this group, with colorectal and liver cancer following
close behind. According to the report, about 26,000 new cancer cases and about 38,000 cancer
deaths are expected among this group in 2015. Lung cancer was the leading cause of death
among Hispanic men in 2014, while breast cancer held the top spot for Hispanic women. While
colorectal cancer is currently in second position for Hispanic men, liver cancer is expected
to claim that spot in the near future. The good news is that overall cancer rates among
Hispanic men and women have been decreasing since 1995 for men and 1996 for women. Overall
cancer death rates are also 30 percent lower among Hispanics compared to whites. Speak
to your doctor about cancer prevention.

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