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Komen Reaches Out To The Hispanic Community

9:24 AM, May 28, 2010   |    comments
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LANGLEY PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second leading cause of death among Hispanics, accounting for 20 percent of deaths overall in adults. One out of three Hispanic women will be diagnosed with cancer and breast cancer is the leading cause of death.

To combat that statistic The Prevent Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have raised funds to educate Hispanic women about breast health.

One program who has benefited is Celebramos La Vida which has three locations in the DC metro area. One is located at the Spanish Catholic Center in Langley Park, Maryland.

Everyone is welcome there many patients don't have health insurance, have little or now income and many can't read or speak English. Women over 40 get breast and pelvic screenings for free in a safe and familiar environment all in a language they understand.

Jessica Abeita with the Prevent Cancer Foundation told us, "Having somebody who speaks your language, explains everything in your language and is able to communicate between the patient and provider very clearly makes everything about the process of screening treatment and any sort of necessary follow-up much easier."

To help patients get through the health care maze, the center is using a 150-thousand dollar grant funded from money raised by Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure to provide a patient navigator.

Christine Reesor the clinic Family Nurse Practitioner said the patient navigator is there to help them with many issues that get in the way of getting the right care.

Another healthcare time saver provides at the clinic is the onsite convenience of the George Washington Hospital Mammovan for mammography screenings.

"Women have embraced the issue of annual exams pelvic exams, mammograms, they've taken it on with follow through because of the environment here," Christine said.

Gabi Arevalo is the Celebramos La Vida coordinator and she told us many in the group are so enthusiastic about what they've learned, they want to pass it on to others.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation has launched a Spanish-language Microsite, to inform and educate the Latino community on cancer prevention and early detection strategies, screening guidelines, and ways to reduce cancer risk through healthy lifestyle choices