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Cancer Health Center

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U.S. Cancer Deaths on the Decline

Number of Americans Being Diagnosed Remains the Same

Findings for Latino/Hispanics continued...

The higher incidence of infection-related cancers among Latinos, and the fact that their cancers tend to be diagnosed later, points to a need for better access to preventive health care, says Ahmed.

He added that public health policymakers must continue to commit health care dollars to cancer prevention and early detection efforts if gains seen in recent years are to be maintained.

"The resources have to be made available to continue the interventions that have led to the decline in cancer death rates," Ahmed says. "That means providing funds for smoking cessation efforts and preventive screening, among other things."

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