The Los Angeles Times (9/18, Muskal) "Nation Now" blog reports, "Cancer is now the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the United States, surpassing deaths due to heart disease, researchers reported Monday." This "development is expected to eventually be seen in society overall." Investigators looked at "data from the National Cancer Institute, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the North American Assn. of Central Cancer Registries and the National Center for Health Statistics."
The USA Today (9/18, Winter) "On Deadline" blog reports, "the researchers report that 29,935 Hispanics died of cancer in 2009 and 29,611 from heart disease." The findings are published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
The Houston Chronicle (9/18) reports, "Previously, heart disease had long been the leading cause of death for US Hispanics."
The AP (9/18, Stobbe) quotes the CDC's Robert Anderson as saying, "We've been so focused on heart disease mortality for so long. ... This may change the way people look at their risk."
CNN (9/18, Brawley) reports, "Overall cancer incidence and mortality rates are lower in Hispanics than in the non-Hispanic US population, meaning Hispanics have a lower risk of cancer diagnosis and death." However, "Hispanics do have higher diagnosis and death rates from cancers of the stomach, liver, cervix and gallbladder."
Fox News Latino (9/18, Sangha) reports, "Childhood cancer was more prevalent in the Hispanic population than the general US population. In 2012, about two percent of the cancer cases in the total Hispanic population will come from children age 14 and younger." However, "for the US population, those cases will make up less than one percent."