Although breast cancer rates are lower in Hispanic women than in other races, breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. And, compared with non-Hispanic white women, breast cancer is more likely to be caught in Hispanic women when it has reached a more advanced stage and treatments are less successful.
Hispanic women are also about 20 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women diagnosed at a similar age and stage, according to the American Cancer Society. It is believed that these differences exist because of different access to treatment and lower rates of mammograms in the Hispanic community.
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