New Study Uncovers Latino Cancer Prevalence

 New research suggests, cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death among Latinos in the U.S. A new study attempted to uncover the data regarding the prevalence of cancer and the risk factors that affect Latinos.iStock_000019788670_Double-576x384

Over 16,000 Latinos participated in the study and it was found that 4% of the population had instances of some type of cancer.

The rates of cancer varied by Hispanic ancestry group. Overall, the lack of significant findings regarding risk factors, such as smoking, contributed to the findings of the survey. With the prevalence of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a growing number of Latinos now have access to healthcare.

As more and more Latinos take part in this healthcare, this will give future evaluations of cancer prevalence more data to sort from. This will be used to better understand the health disparities that face the Latino community.

#SaludTues TEETHchat 2/9/16: Why Dental Health is Critical for Latino Kids

Latino kids have the highest rates of dental cavities at certain age groups.iStock_000016910440_Small

This is bad news because poor dental health can not only lead to gum disease and early tooth loss, but it also can affect overall health, causing pain, influencing learning abilities, and producing low self-esteem.

For February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, join the #SaludTues Tweetchat on Feb. 9, 2016, to tweet about tips, innovative strategies, and programs to improve dental health among Latinos and all kids to break down barriers and boost overall health:

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Why Dental Health is Critical for Latino Kids?”
  • TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: Jefferson Dental Clinics (@JeffersonCares); (@Kidsgov); and YOU!

We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we explore:

  • Why dental health is such an important topic for Latino kids?
  • What are good dental health tips for parents?
  • What can schools do for dental health?
  • What innovative strategies are boosting dental health?

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter, share your stories and share resources that can improve dental health for Latino kids.

#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 Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

3 Cancer-Fighting Foods

Cancer is the No.1 killer of Latinos in the U.S accounting for 22% of deaths.Beautiful Young woman cutting vegetables

Prostate cancer (22%) and breast cancer (29%) are among the most common types of cancer afflicting Latinos.

While in some instances cancers are genetically inherited in the majority of cases, they’re preventable with a good diet and plenty of exercise.

Here are top cancer fighting superfoods according to Health:

1. Berries
Berries are packed with phytonutrients, especially black berries which contain a high concentration of phytochemicals called anthocyanins “which slow down growth of premalignant cells and keep new blood vessels from forming (and potentially feeding a cancerous tumor).”

2. Walnuts
Phytosrerois—cholesterol like molecules “have been shown to block estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells, possibly slowing the cells’ growth.”

3. Beans
Researchers and numerous studies have found that black and navy beans can significantly reduce the risk for colon cancer. A diet rich in legumes increases the levels of butyrate, a fatty acid which prevents cancer growth.

Download Nuestra Cocina Saludable, a free bilingual cookbook with savory Latino recipes created by Dr. Amelie Ramirez and her team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) to guide Latinos on how to eat to protect themselves and their families from cancer.

Rose A. Treviño-Whitaker: An Èxito! Grad With a Passion for Cancer Research and Health Promotion

Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2015 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for 2016.

Rose A. Treviño-Whitaker
Houston, Texas

Unpaved roads. Lack of proper sewage. Inadequate water. Rose A. Treviño-Whitaker grew up among these third-world conditions that plague some colonias—mostly Latino unincorporated settlements in South Texas. That’s why she dedicated her career to preventing disease and Rose Trevino-Whitakerpromoting public health as a researcher at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Born in the Valley of South Texas Rose is a high achiever and already up to her eyeballs in cancer research and health promotion. Rose has also helped create culturally relevant educational booklets and modules, as well as manuals.

“Education is the biggest factor in determining an individual’s health,” she said. “I enjoy having that one on one contact with the community and being able to educate those that want to learn and improve their lives. I enjoy being able to provide and make available education and culturally relevant materials and tools, eliminating some of the barriers for Spanish speaking populations,” said Rose.

Rose is a first generation college grad and  received her bachelors in community health from Texas A&M University and her masters in Public Health with a concentration in health disparities from The University of Texas School of Public Health.

Éxito! has ignited and solidified my decision of applying for a doctoral program in the near future,” said Rose.

Teen Latino Birthrates on the Decline

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tracked the teen birth rates for females aged 15-19 from 1991 to 2014. The birth rates of teens overall declined 61% overall, dropping from 61.8% in 1991 to 24.2% in 2014. This was the lowest it has ever been recorded in the United States.m6450qsf

Even though the declines have been promising, there is still great disparities among teen birth rates or races and ethnicities, especially among Latino teens. The birth rate for Latino teens did decline, however the rates remain the highest among any ethnic group. Latino teen birth rates were 38% in 2014, compared to Asian or Pacific Islanders, the lowest group, at 7.7%.

The birth rates for teenagers aged 15-17 were 10.9 births per 1,000; in teens 18-19 the rates were 43.8 births per 1,000 in 2014. Birth rates rose in 25 states, declined in 2, and remained unchanged in 23. For Latinos, the birth rates were the highest among teens of Mexican or Mexican-American heritage.

Únete a la campaña #AmoMiCorazón

Únete a la campaña #AmoMiCorazón de la Oficina de Salud de las Minorías de la FDA (@FDAOMH), Salud Today (@SaludToday) y la Association of Black Cardiologists (@ABCardio1) y ¡muestra lo mucho que amas tu corazón!#amomicorazon

En honor del Mes de la Salud del Corazón durante el mes de febrero, toma una foto con una pizarra o hoja y dinos cómo cuidas tu corazón  para que esté sano o comparte tus fotos preparando comidas saludables, haciendo alguna actividad física, tomando tus medicamentos o haciendo otra actividad que mantiene tu  corazón sano. Comparte tus fotos en Facebook, Twitter o Instagram con el hashtag #AmoMiCorazón.

Todos los lunes, vamos a elegir los tres mejores fotos y las publicaremos en la página de Facebook de la FDA.

Exercise Linked to Survival After First Heart Attack

Exercise can increase the chances of survival after a heart attack, a new study by a team of researchers at John Hopkins and Henry Ford Health System suggests, Latinos Health reports.

“Our data suggests that doctors working with patients with cardiovascular risk factors should be saying, ‘Mr. Jones, you need to start an exercise program now to improve your fitness and chance of survival, should you experience a heart attack,'” says Dr. Clinton Brawner, Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Senior Bioscientific Clinical Staff Researcher at Henry Ford Health System. “These findings suggest that higher aerobic fitness before a heart attack is associated with better short-term survival after the first heart attack.”

The results of the study, which focused on 2,061 patients who suffered a heart attack after the stress test, showed that patients with high levels of fitness were a whopping 40 percent less likely to die “within a year following their first heart attack compared to patients with lower fitness.”

“While up to 50 percent of fitness may be based on genetics, physical activity is the only behavior we have that can improve fitness,” said Brawner.

The lack of exercise represents a risk of death following a heart attack that is similar to the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking, according to the researchers.

Salud America! Gets $1.3M to Fuel Healthy Changes that Reduce Latino Childhood Obesity

Salud America!, a national Latino childhood obesity prevention program, has received a one-year, $1.3 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop new, culturally tailored educational content that empowers people to work toward policy changes for the health of Latino children.

salud america websiteEstablished in 2007, Salud America!, has recruited a national online network of 50,000 parents, school personnel, health professionals, and community leaders who support its mission: “End Latino childhood obesity by communicating good health and driving people to start and assist healthy changes in their schools and communities.”

Latino children ages 2-19 are more obese/overweight (38.9%) than White (28.5%) and Black (35.2%) children, studies show. They also face barriers in access to healthy foods and drinks and physical activity.

The new funding will allow Salud America! to expand its network and engage members with enhanced educational content, including multimedia role model stories, social media events (like the #SaludTues weekly tweetchat), online resources, geo-located healthy policy changes, digital action campaigns, and tailored marketing.

““We are excited by RWJF’s support, which will help us continue to push the boundaries of communication to empower Latinos to develop healthy changes in their schools and communities,” said Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, director of Salud America!, headquartered at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Join the #ILoveMyHeart Campaign

Join the #ILoveMyHeart campaign by the FDA Office of Minority Health (@FDAOMH), Salud Today (@SaludToday) and the Association of Black Cardiologists (@ABCardio1) and show us how much you love your heart!#ilovemyheart

In honor of the American Heart Month during the month of February, take a picture with a dry erase board or poster board describing how  you keep your heart healthy or share your pictures preparing healthy meals, engaging in a physical activity, taking your medication or doing any other activities that keep your heart healthy.

Share your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #ILoveMyHeart hashtag. Every Monday, we will pick the best three photos and post them in the FDA Facebook page.

High Fiber Diet May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Teenagers who eat fruits and vegetables high in fiber may significantly lower their risk of developing breast cancer (a leading cause of death among Latinas), later on in life, according to a new study, CBS News reports.Healthy Living

Researchers at Harvard’s T.H Chen School of Public Health analyzed data from 44,000 women and concluded that those who consumed about 28 grams of fiber a day “had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer before menopause compared with those who said they ate less than 15 grams a day.”

“The results of this study emphasize the role of an early life high-fiber diet on prevention of breast cancer in later life. High consumption of foods rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains in early life may help to reduce breast cancer incidence,” lead author Maryam Farvid, a visiting scientist at Harvard, told CBS News.

The study also concluded that eating fiber during adolescence is linked to 16% lower risk of breast cancer and 24% lower risk of breast cancer before menopause.

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