Cancer has surpassed heart disease to become the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the United States, according to an American Cancer Society report released Monday.
Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic group in the United States. Approximately 16.3% of America’s population (50.5 million out of 310 million people) is Hispanic. It is estimated that 112,800 people of Hispanic ethnicity will be diagnosed with cancer and 33,200 will die of the disease in 2012.
The finding is due in part to the younger age distribution of Hispanics. Approximately one in 10 Hispanics is age 55 or over, compared to one in three non-Hispanics.
Every three years since 2000, scientists at the cancer society have published Cancer Facts and Figures for Hispanics/Latinos. Such studies provide data that help develop an efficient science-based cancer control plan.
Many NCCS resources are available in Spanish and offer information and support for all those diagnosed with cancer.
- Listen to conversations between patients and doctors to find solutions to real problems faced throughout a cancer diagnosis with the Cancer Survival Toolbox® audio program.
- Learn about health insurance and how coverage works in What Cancer Survivors Need To Know About Health Insurance.
- Find questions to ask your doctor, and learn when and how should you ask them by reading Teamwork: The Cancer Patient’s Guide To Talking With Your Doctor.
- Know your rights as an employee. Learn how to avoid workplace discrimination by reading Working It Out: Your Employment Rights As A Cancer Survivor.
- Hope is essential for anyone facing cancer. Learn why by reading You Have The Right To Be Hopeful.
- Take charge of your care by being informed and empowered and speaking up. Learn more by reading Self-Advocacy: A Cancer Survivor’s Handbook.