Cancer passes heart disease as number one killer in Hispanics

By WEEK Producer

Cancer passes heart disease as number one killer in Hispanics

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM CDT

ATLANTA, GA -- Cancer is now the number one killer among Hispanics living in the United States, according to the latest figures from the American Cancer Society.

Researchers say that in 2009, cancer deaths surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death for those of Hispanic origin.

The report finds fewer Hispanics die from breast, lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers than Caucasians and African Americans.

But Hispanic mortality rates are higher for cancers of the stomach, liver, cervix, and gallbladder.

Hispanics are also more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage of disease for all types of cancer.

This study was led by researchers at the American Cancer Society and published in "CA: A Cancer Journal For
Clinicians'.

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