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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 23/30, 2015

Gauging Hispanic Health

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JAMA. 2015;313(24):2417. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6481

Hispanic and white populations share 13 of the 15 leading causes of death, but their rates of chronic diseases and health risks vary considerably, according to the first national study on Hispanic health risks and access to health services in the United States.

The CDC used recent national census and health surveillance data to analyze the health of the US Hispanic population, the largest minority group with almost 57 million people. Heart disease and cancer claimed the most lives in both groups, but the overall death rate among Hispanic individuals was 24% lower than among white individuals. Among Hispanics, cancer prevalence was 49% lower, the rate of heart disease was 35% lower, and smoking was 43% less prevalent compared with whites.

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