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Video: Latinas Have Higher Risk of Breast Cancer Death. Meet One Dominican Woman Fighting It

Video: Latinas Have Higher Risk of Breast Cancer Death. Meet One Dominican Woman Fighting It

Breast cancer is not as common among Latinas as other groups, but Hispanics have a higher risk of death from it and it is the leading cause of cancer death, according to WABC. In the video below, WABC introduces one Dominican woman, Lilian Guzman, who is fighting breast cancer and explains some of the reasons more Latinas are dying from it.

Why do so many Latinas die from breast cancer?

“There are mainly socio-economic reasons, lack of education, lack of awareness of breast cancer, getting screening done,” Dr. Madhuri Devabhaktuni of New York’s Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care told WABC. “We think that there may be a biological reason.”

Cancer may have started while some woman were in their native country, according to the report. Lilian Guzman, who is from the Dominican Republic, told WABC that mammograms are expensive in her home country and that checking your breasts for lumps can be misunderstood.

“Women touching themselves…That’s taboo,” said Guzman.

Dr. Devabhaktuni also said that some Latinas even feel guilt that some sexual behavior in the past may have brought the cancer upon them as retribution.

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