National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures and extensive histories of the American Latino community.

It also offers an opportunity to be more aware of health challenges facing the community.

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanic people, accounting for 20% of deaths. Compared with non-Hispanic Whites, Hispanic men and women are:

  • Less likely to be diagnosed with the most common cancers: lung, colorectal, breast and prostate
  • More likely to develop cancer in the liver, stomach, and cervix. These cancers are linked with infectious agents, such as HPV. 

Learn more about cancer in the Hispanic community through the American Cancer Society Hispanic Cancer Facts & Figures publication.

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