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Beating Breast Cancer: A Success Story… How One Hispanic Woman Used Regular Screening To Get The Jump On The Disease

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Estela Lopez

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When breast cancer is detected early, it saves lives. According to the American Cancer Society, Hispanic women who detect breast cancer at an early stage, at the local stage, their survival rate is 96 percent. If the cancer is detected later, in the regional stage, survival rate drops to 85 percent. And if detected even later, in the distant stage, survival rate plummets to 32 percent. Estela Lopez was lucky to have caught her breast cancer in the first stage, and on January 15, she graduated from treatment and is now in recovery.

The thought of possibly being diagnosed with breast cancer can be frightening. Doctor ...

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Threat Of Deportation: A Trigger For Toxic Stress In Children Left Behind

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On a snowy Saturday morning in January, Selvin, 13, and his mother were in the basement of the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, to support a friend in sanctuary. As they sat there, the boy tried to push away thoughts of how it would be when ICE came to take away his own mother, who is also under a deportation order.”I’m going to be alone with my little brother and my dad,” Selvin said. “Sometimes I feel I don’t want to talk to anybody. I just go to my room, lock the door, and I feel depressed.”

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U.S. Latina Teens Attempt Suicide In Greater Numbers Than Any Other Adolescent Group

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Erika Sánchez began to have suicidal thoughts when she was 13. Sánchez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago, had always been melancholy, but during puberty she became hopeless. Unbeknownst to friends and family, she cried constantly. Before long, she began to cut herself.

When Sánchez was hospitalized at age 15, her parents finally realized it wasn’t just “normal” sadness that plagued their daughter — it was mental illness.

“Finally, they began to really see me,” says Sanchez, now 32 and a writer in Chicago. “And that’s when we began to have more honest conversations.”

For Latina adolescents coming of age, this is not uncommon. In fact, Latina ...

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