Early detection is a critical part of reducing mortality from a cancer. Research finds that Latinos are diagnosed at a much later stage and have a disproportionately lower survival rate. Latina women are less likely to perform breast self-exams, get mammograms, and are less likely to seek medical care when they suspect something is wrong. Latinas Contra Cancer (LCC) works to educate individuals on the importance of early detection and screening through the following: community events, health bingo, and partnerships with local organizations.
Cancer screenings (clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap tests, prostate and colorectal exams) can be costly and challenging for those without insurance. LCC provides education on the screening process and works to provide access to diagnostic services for low-income Latinos in Santa Clara County.