Komen Decision May Deny Care For Latinas

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The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to discontinue funds to Planned Parenthood health centers for breast cancer prevention, screenings and education is "potentially deadly for Latinas, the uninsured and low-income women across the country," according to Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

"Latinas make up a substantial percentage of Planned Parenthood patients and often have no other health care options," she said. "We are incredibly saddened that the Komen Foundation buckled to political pressure rather than stand by the women most in need of services."

Planned Parenthood provided more than 170,000 breast cancer screenings in the past five years.

Hispanic women are 20 percent more likely to die from breast cancer when compared to non-Hispanic white women when diagnosed at a similar age and stage, according to recent research, and twice as likely to go without health insurance, according to U.S. Census data. Nearly forty percent have no health insurance, compared with just under 17 percent for white women. Screening rates for Hispanic women are also lower than for Caucasians – 69.7 percent compared to 72.7 percent – according to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.