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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A new breast cancer study in the east hopes to reduce the amount of deaths experienced by the African American and Latino community.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 9 On Your Side looked into a study that's trying to get to the root of this problem.

There isn't any information to suggest that these groups are more likely to get breast cancer. However, researchers say more of them are dying.

It's causes are late diagnosis, limited access to healthcare and a growing number of undocumented citizens.
     
Magdalene Hines, a breast cancer survivor of two months, delayed her visit to the doctor because she lacked health insurance.
     
Researchers say this is the number one problem because early detection is key.
     
Essie Torres, a researcher from ECU, is conducting a study to identify these problems and find solutions for them.

"There are still very low screening rates meaning not a lot of Latinas get mammography’s on a yearly basis like they're suppose to," said Torres.

"If you don't have any insurance, no way to pay, you won't go to the doctor because you don't have the money to pay," said Hines.

Hines is just one of several women participating in this study. However, they're still looking for Latinas to take part in it.

To sign up for the study contact:

Dr. Essie Torres East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27858 E-mail: Torrese@ecu.edu
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