Cancer Leading Cause of Death Among Hispanics

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Heart disease is the leading killer of whites and African Americans in the United States, but not Hispanics.

It’s Cancer, according to the American Cancer Society’s Rebecca Siegel — who says in general, Hispanics are less affluent and many have no health insurance.

“31% of Hispanics are uninsured compared to just 12% of non Hispanic whites,” said Siegel. “So its an issue of access to health care.”

She says obesity rates are high among Hispanics, particularly Mexican woman which may have implications for future cancer risk as well.

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