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Who is more at risk - Latino Men or Latina Women?

Is Smoking the Only Cause of Lung Cancer?
Is lung cancer more of a problem in the Latino population than in other populations?
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Overall, Latina Women have the lowest prevalence in acquiring lung cancer, comparing them to all other ethnic groups of gender. So, Latino Men are more at risk in acquiring lung cancer than Latina Women, but overall Latinos have a lower cancer incidence rates, but higher cancer mortality rates!

Lung Cancer deaths are about 3 times higher for Latino Men (23.1 per 100,000 people than for Latina Women (7.7 per 100,000).

The rate of lung cancer deaths per 100,000 are higher among Cuban American men (33.7) than Puerto Rican men (28.3) and Mexican American men (21.9).

Only 10.8 percent of Latino females reported smoking, compared to 22.7 percent of Latino men. Comparing these two, Latino men are more at risk for acquiring lung cancer because of their higher smoking rates.

Latinos may have an elevated risk for developing acute and chronic responses to exposure to air pollution since a disproportionate number live in areas failing to meet one or more national standards for air pollutants. One study found that 80 percent of Latinos live in areas that failed to meet one U.S. EPA air quality standard, compared to 65 percent of African Americans and 57 percent of Whites.



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This site was created by Chad Day in fulfillment of requirements for the course CSS 335: Latino Health Issues taught by Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga at Arizona State University, Spring 2005.