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American Cancer Society, Road to Recovery Program helps Latinos

According to the American Cancer Society, men and women are at a higher risk for cancers associated with infectious agents such as the liver, stomach and cervix. In LA County, the Latinx community is the largest community the American Cancer Society serves. Cancer is the leading cause of mortality within the community, accounting for 20% of deaths. Many unfortunate circumstances prevent individuals within the Latinx community from seeking treatment, such as socioeconomic status, system racism, access to health care, and cultural values and beliefs. “Road to Recovery” will be run through a mobile-friendly website to make it easier for volunteers to view and accept ride requests.

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BIBIANA MARTINEZ, on Latinos Contra El Cancer and saving lives

Latinos Contra El Cancer operates in Los Angeles as a chapter of the American Cancer Society, and focuses on helping Latinos combat and survive cancer in communities like LA. The organization specializes in supporting Latinos suffering from cancer and helps them find medical and financial resources no matter immigration status or financial status, according to the group’s website.  These resources range from hosting virtual meetings with health experts on topics – such as breast cancer, cancer screenings and coping with the loss of a loved one.