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Find out why Hispanic Immigrants have higher risk for Cancer

Find out why Hispanic Immigrants have higher risk for Cancer

Hispanic_women_breast_cancerIf crossing the border isn’t dangerous enough, a new study suggests that Hispanic adults who immigrate to the United States may face higher risks of certain cancers living in the U.S. than their amigos back in their home countries.

The study, which looked at a database of cancer cases diagnosed in Florida between 1999 and 2001, found that residents of Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican origin had overall cancer rates that were at least 40 percent higher than those in their homelands, according to Reuters.

Overall, Puerto Rican men and women had the highest rates of most forms of cancer, while Mexicans tended to have the lowest.

“Hispanics are not all the same with regard to their cancer experience,” lead researcher Dr. Paulo S. Pinheiro, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, noted in a written statement.

Still, compared with data from their countries of origin, Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican adults all had elevated rates of cancer overall — and of some of the most common cancers, including those of the colon, lungs, breast and prostate.

But changes in environment and lifestyle are also likely at work, Pinheiro said.

The findings, according to Pinheiro, suggest that doctors need to discourage Hispanic patients from adopting unhealthy habits that may be more common in the U.S. — and that immigrants should try to hang on to the healthier parts of their lifestyle in their native countries.

What healthy habits do you have from your parents or native country? Have they changed since you moved to the U.S.?

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