It's Time for Hispanic Women to Take Care of Their Health

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The Hispanic woman is strong-willed and hardworking, and worries every day about meeting the needs of her husband and children. But too often, she leaves for later what should be a priority: taking care of her own health.

If Hispanic women would visit their doctor regularly for early screening tests, they could prevent many diseases.

Some of the diseases affecting Hispanic women more in the U.S. are heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and colorectal cancer.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is the leading cause of death among Hispanic women in the U.S. Moreover, Hispanic women between the ages of 35 and 64 are 1.3 times more likely of suffering from a stroke than women of other ethnic groups. A stroke is sudden loss of brain function due to the interruption of blood flow to the brain.

Although Hispanic women don't smoke as much as women from other ethnic groups, they have a high incidence rate of diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity, which makes them more susceptible to heart disease or stroke.

On the other hand, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women in the U. …