#SaludTues Tweetchat: “Breast Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives”

Although Latinas have lower rates of breast cancer, it is still the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women.

According to the the Susan G. Komen Foundation, only 64% of Latinas have had a mammogram in the last two years compared to 67% White, non-Hispanic and 66% Black, non-Hispanic.

Spread awareness about breast cancer by joining our weekly #SaludTues tweetchat

  • WHAT: #SaludTuesTweetchat: “Breast Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives”
  • DATE: Tuesday, October 06, 2015
  • TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT)
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: FDA en Espanol (FDAenEspanol,) FDA Women (@FDAWomen) Gobierno USA (@GobiernoUSA) USA Gov (@USAGov)

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by@SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


Vote: Best Healthy Food/Drink Change

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The people behind the nation’s first sugary drink tax in Berkeley, Calif., are among six new Salud Heroes who are up for a vote of best healthy food/drink change.

Latino kids NEED more healthy food and drink options—even at the zoo.

WATCH and VOTE for your favorite “#SaludHeroes of Healthy Food and Drinks” by Oct. 7, 2015, and be entered in a random drawing to win a FREE T-shirt and jump rope!

#SaludHeroes are:

1st U.S. Soda Tax. Latino leaders like Xavier Morales helped push for a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley, Calif., the nation’s first such initiative.

Start a Farmer’s Market. San Antonio teacher Michelle Griego knew a farmer’s market was missing in her neighborhood—so she started one on her own.

Zoo Food. The El Paso Zoo is capitalizing on the healthy habits of animals to urge people to make proper eating and activity choices.

Wrestling up Salad. Teen wrestler Alexander Castillo started eating healthy, but had few healthy choices at school…until he took steps to add new salad options.

Kids Menu Makeover. City officials and restaurant owners teamed up to add healthier items to kids’ menus in El Paso, Texas.

One Smart 5th-Grader. San Antonio student Praxina Guerra saw her peers eating too much junk food, so she helped bring a hydration station to school.

The #SaludHeroes with the most votes will be announced in an email and a social media messages from Salud America! by Oct. 14, 2015.

Go here to vote, enter the random drawing, and see contest rules.

Salud America! is a Latino childhood obesity network funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Salud America! runs a periodic voting contest.

Genetic Counseling: A Rarity Among U.S.Women Tested for BRCA 1 and BRCA 2

According to a new study most women in  the U.S. sent by their doctors to be tested for BRCA1 and BRCA 2, two genes “that increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer” a leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women, never met with a counselor beforehand, Reuters reports.

“There are very clear and consistent guidelines that people should receive genetic counseling before genetic testing for cancer susceptibility,” said Dr. Rebecca Sutphen, the study’s senior author from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa.

Part of the problem, according to researchers is that many doctors are not recommending patients to see a genetic counselor and today there are cheaper and more accessible genetic test options.

“Genetic counselors typically explain the test’s appropriateness, medical implications, psychological risks and the possibility the results won’t be informative. They may also discuss the risk of passing on the gene mutation to children.”

To learn more about breast cancer join our #SaludTues tweetchat next Tuesday, Oct 06 at 1 p.m. ET.

Latinas Prefer Birth Control Pills

Latina women prefer the birth control pill, Univision News reports.

In an interview with Univision Dr. Carlos Alberto Petta confirmed that Latina women prefer birth control pills with natural hormones than any other product in the market.

“Women are looking for natural alternatives, there are already pills with natural hormones. The pill has two hormones, estrogen and progestin. Estrogen is the same hormone produced naturally in a woman’s body,” Petta said.

Although birth control pills have reduced the amount of hormones in them, Petta warns that not all women can take the pill. “Some women can’t take hormones, that’s why is important for them to consult with their doctor before making the decision to take birth control pills.”


Meg Reyes: Latina Cancer Survivor

Meg Reyes, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the early age of 33.

“I was only required to have a lumpectomy,” she says, “but because of the tumor size my doctors were very aggressive in my treatment and removed 16 lymph nodes,”

With the support of her family and co-workers Megan survived breast cancer.

10+ years after, she’s an unofficial counselor for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, she has lost 150 pounds, has lived in Germany and England and has hosted a Japanese exchange student.

[Survivorship means]“living life even after something challenging happened in your life experience. It doesn’t have to be cancer, it can be anything that you survived and how you deal with those adverse action,” Reyes said.

Read Meg’s full story on Redes en Accion’s Nuestras Historias.

Webinar 9/30: How to Get Healthier Drinks for Latino Kids

sugary drinks photo - smallLatino kids consume more sugary drinks than average, part of the reason they’re more likely to be overweight/obese than their peers.

What can be done?

You’re invited to join a webinar at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, Sept. 30, to learn about new local and national efforts to improve Latino kids’ access to healthy drinks.

The webinar, sponsored by the national Council of La Raza (NCLR) and including Salud America!, is bringing together a panel of experts to highlight successful efforts from across the country to improve beverage choices and healthy environments in schools and other community settings:

  • Rosalie P. Aguilar, MS, Project Coordinator, Salud America!, Institute for Health Promotion Research UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (the team behind SaludToday)
  • David Thomsen, Policy Analyst, Health Policy Project, NCLR
  • Anisha Patel, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Bonnie McLaughlin, Director, Drink Up Initiative, Partnership for a Healthier America

Register here.

New EPA Regulations Benefit Latino Farm Workers


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled new strict rules that protect farm workers from hazardous pesticides, Fox Health reports.

The new rules will benefit an estimated 2 million workers, mostly Latinos who work at or near farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses.

“We depend on farm workers every day… they deserve fair, equitable working standards with strong health and safety protections,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement.

Under the new regulations children under 18 are “prohibited from handling pesticides; training on pesticide protections is required annually instead of once every five years; expanded postings of no-entry signs on fields treated with hazardous pesticides are required; and improvements in personal protection equipment are being made.”

According to the EPA between 1,800 and 3,000 “incidents occur every year involving pesticide exposure.”

Mes de la herencia hispana: Creando conciencia

El mes de la herencia hispana es celebrado cada año entre los meses de septiembre y octubre en honor a la cultura latina y sus contribuciones a los Estados Unidos.

Aunque el crecimiento de población latina en Estados Unidos es una de las más rápidas, muchos latinos elegibles para votar aún no se han registrado.

Se estima que en 2016, 28 millones de latinos serán elegibles para votar. Para crea conciencia y que más latinos se registren organizaciones han lanzado Hispanic Heritage Month of Action (HHMA).

“Hispanic Heritage Month of Action es una campaña por medios digitales, que trata de que este mes de celebración de la herencia hispana también sea una para crear conciencia y que más latinos se inscriban para votar. “

¿Como tú puedes ser parte?

Puedes subir una foto de un héroe latino en Instagram utilizando la etiqueta #HispanicHeritageHero o puedes bajar las herramientas de HHMA la cual incluye información, recursos, mensajes para la redes sociales, gráficas y más.

Entérate más sobre esta campaña aquí.

Nuestras Historias: 10 Years Later

Yolanda Molina was diagnosed with cancer after Daisy, her Yorkie/Schnauzer hit her left breast. “The pain was so severe that tears rolled down my face,” Molina said.

Two days after the incident, Yolanda found out she had breast cancer.040317Molina112

“It’s said that God does not give us more than we can handle. I had been diabetic for28 years and under a doctor’s care for clinical depression, so I already had two strikes against me. After my first chemo treatment, I thought at the time that death had to be better,” Molina said.

After going through chemo, diabetes and depression Yolanda won the battle against cancer.

“Through it all, Daisy has been constantly by my side. I think about the night she “found” my lump. I think that her jumping on me made the lump come out. I don’t know. I’m not even going to try to analyze what happened.”

Today, Yolanda is a 10+ years survivor and continues to live life to the fullest with Dr. Daisy, her 13+ year old schnauzer companion.

Read Yolanda’s full story on Redes en Accion’s Nuestras Historias.

The Health and Financial Benefits of Giving Up Alcohol

Alcohol consumption among Latinos is lower than in non-Hispanic whites, according to the National Institutes of Health. But, Latinos who drink are more likely to consume higher volumes of alcohol than non-Hispanic Whites.

According to doctors taking a break from alcohol or giving up alcohol consumption completely can be tough, but the advantages to your health and pocket are worth the effort.

Here’s what you can expect to happen long-term and short-term if you take a break from alcoholic beverages, according to Prevention:

Risk for cancer falls:

Drinking alcohol has been linked to an increase risk of liver, colon, mouth and rectum cancer. “The risk increases the more you drink.”

More money in your pocket:

A night at the bar can be detrimental for your health, but also for your personal finances. If you do the numbers and factor how much you spend on drinks at home and in town, including tax and tip, you’ll be surprised!

You’ll start losing weight:

The more alcohol you consume, the more pounds you gain. Alcohol increases your calorie intake. For example, one margarita contains 300 calories, and a piña colada 450 calories! One study found men who consume alcohol moderately add 433 calories to their daily intake and women 300 calories.

If you or someone you know suffers from alcoholism you can visit NCADD for more resources.



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