Updates from the CEO

5 January 2016

Latinas Contra Cancer will be receiving the Community Partner Award for the 14th Annual Community Health Symposium from the Stanford Medicine Office of Community Health for the commitment we have made to Stanford over the years in working together. Thanks to both Stanford grant dollars and student projects, LCC has provided a Clinical Trials forum for the Spanish-speaking community; done a community health assessment with students in Dr. Catherine Heaney’s Human Bio Class, presented a poster based on our Health Eating, Healthy Living, Healthy Environment project and worked with a premed student to develop a genetic training module for promotores. The presentation takes place January 14th, 5:30-7:30pm at the annual Community Health Symposium at Stanford.

23 December 2015

Occasionally on this page, I am going to weigh in on issues that come to my notice. Recently I’ve been focused on the Precision Medicine (PM) landscape and the need to educate the Latino community about the implications for cutting edge treatment and care. Some researchers will say applications of this knowledge are a long ways away from serving most of the public. There are those who fear we will get the public excited about nothing. There are those who think the science it too complex and will only confuse the public. There are those who think we will raise public expectations for treating and curing cancer, and that is wrong! Some question and rightly so, who will own the mass of invaluable data generated by medical records and testing? And, among the ethical questions PM raises,  some worry this privilege will be used and abused, and not always for the public good. And finally there are those of us who question who will reap the benefits of this cutting edge science? Stay tuned and for more answers join us at the 2016 National Latino Cancer Summit in San Francisco. – Ysabel

 

Study: The Reasons Minority Women Don’t Get Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Why are racial/ethnic minority populations less likely than whites to get genetic testing, which can help a woman learn if she has an abnormal gene that is linked to higher breast cancer risk? The answer may lie in their attitudes toward genetic testing. Latina, black, Asian, Native American, and Appalachian women all had a generally positive attitude toward genetic testing, but several key differences emerged among these minority groups, according to a new study led by Dr. Amelie Ramirez of…

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BRCA Genes and Cancer Risk

Some women (and even some men) carry mutations in their BRCA genes which increase their risk of getting breast, ovarian, and other cancers at a young age. This article gives a brief overview of what BRCA genes are, what happens when a BRCA gene has mutations, who is most likely to have a mutation, and how to live with a BRCA gene mutation. Click here to learn more Click here for español  

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Are Latina women getting the breast density message?

Not all women are getting the information they need about their breast tissue density and the availability of supplemental screening, despite the fact that almost half of U.S. states have passed legislation that mandates women be informed. Hispanic/Latina women in particular aren’t getting the message. Click here to read more

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Lack of Critical Research on Minorities

As Latinas Contra Cancer turns its eye on Precision Medicine for its upcoming 2016 National Latino Cancer Summit, we invite you to read this newly released article. It turns a spotlight on the lack of enough critical research on minorities. The article by a team of scientists at UCSF says ignoring ethnic and racial diversity of the US population is a missed, scientific opportunity to fully understand the factors that lead to disease or health. One of the authors is Dr. Esteban…

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National Latino Cancer Summit – July 25-27, 2016

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Hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats cause cancer, World Health Organization declares

The World Health Organization recently declared that hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats cause cancer. Latinas Contra Cancer invites everybody to read the following article from a prestigious world research organization! Click here to read the article in English Click here to read the article in Spanish Part of the increasing cancer in our Latino community can be translated to lifestyle and eating habits. Certainly, we like our carnitas and the occasional hot dog at the ballpark and family…

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Genetic variant helps protect Latinas from breast cancer

Women of Latin American descent, particularly those with indigenous ancestry, may carry a genetic variant that protects them from breast cancer. Previous epidemiological studies have shown that Latinas seem to be less susceptible to developing breast cancer than women of other ethnicities. Now an international group of scientists, led by UCSF researchers, have identified the spot on the DNA sequence responsible for that protective effect. The research is still a long way from making testing for the variant available. Scientists…

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Help Promote Awareness of Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Monday, March 3rd is Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day 1 in 5 breast cancer patients is diagnosed with TNBCTriple Breast Cancer Disproportionately Impacts Latinas. Although TNBC responds tochemotherapy treatments, there have not been effective targeted treatments for this aggressive type of breast cancer. Diagnosis is usually made at a late stage, has shorter survival rates, and has a high rate of relapse 5 years after treatment. Researchers are working on targeted therapies to treat this disease, but women who are at…

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Mission Statement

To create an inclusive health care system that provides services to the underserved Latino population around issues of breast and other cancers.

Latinas Contra Cancer is raising awareness about cancer in the Latino community, increasing access to quality care, working to decrease mortality and improving the quality of the health care experience.

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