However, breast cancer is still the most common cancer among Hispanic/Latina women. Breast cancer screening in these women is just as important as it is for African-American and Caucasian women. In 2012 the most recent data available, among Hispanic/Latina women in the U.S., estimated that 17,100 new cases of breast cancer.
Some women are less likely than others to get a mammography screening. There are many reasons for disparities in breast cancer screening in the U.S. Hispanic/Latina women have about the same rates of breast cancer screening as African-American and Caucasian women. Screening mammography rates among Hispanic/Latina women are similar to rates among non-Hispanic white and African-American women. However, because Hispanic/Latina women tend to be diagnosed with later stage breast cancers than Caucasian women, they may be less likely to get prompt follow-up after an abnormal mammogram.
A main reason behind differences in mammography screening rates in the U.S. is health insurance. Women who do not have health insurance are less likely to get mammograms than women with health insurance. Other barriers are a low income, lack of a usual health care provider, lack of a recommendation from a provider to get mammography screening, lack of awareness of breast cancer risks and screening methods. Besides, cultural and language differences. But there are things all women can do that might reduce their risk:
Body weight, physical activity and diet, have all been linked to breast cancer, so these might be areas where you can take action. Adult women are linked with a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause. Alcohol also increases risk of breast cancer.
A diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products has also been linked with a lower risk of breast cancer in some studies. Get regular, intentional physical activity. Reduce your lifetime weight gain by limiting your calories and getting regular physical activity and limit your alcohol intake. Women who choose to breastfeed for at least several months may also get an added benefit of reducing their breast cancer risk.
Not using hormone therapy after menopause can help you avoid raising your risk. It is not clear at this time if environmental chemicals that have estrogen-like properties, like those found in some certain cosmetics and personal care products, increase breast cancer risk. Early detection will not prevent breast cancer, but the probability of successful treatment is greater. Visit www.cancer.org for more information.