Hispanic Women Least Likely to Have Annual Mammogram

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POSTED: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 8:39am

UPDATED: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:47am

Women across the nation are celebrating National Mammography Day, however a recent study shows how Latinas are not taking their annual mammogram very seriously, Joangel Concepcion has more.

Recognizing early warning signs of cancer can save lives, researchers estimate that mammogram reduce the breast cancer death rate by 25%. However recent studies show that a large percentage of Hispanic women over the age of 40 are not getting their annual mammogram as recommended by doctors.

Dr. Aadam Quraishi of Advanced Medical Imaging in McAllen explains more, " This year about 207,000 women will die by the end of this year with breast cancer of which 20% will be Hispanic. They are so busy taking care of their kids and their spouse  and their loved ones that the last person on the priority list is their own health and themselves which, shouldn't be the case."

One of the major reasons why women tend to not get mammogram is because of the cost, but in medical centers across McAllen, they are offering a special discount for breast cancer awareness month.

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