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July 6, 1994

Cancer: Beliefs and Attitudes of Migrant Latinos

Author Affiliations

Marshfield Clinic Marshfield, Wis

JAMA. 1994;272(1):31-32. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520010041026

To the Editor.  —In their article "Misconceptions About Cancer Among Latinos and Anglos," Dr Pérez-Stable and associates1 present evidence that misconceptions about cancer are more common among Latinos than Anglos enrolled in a large health maintenance organization (HMO), and that many of the prevalent attitudes among Latinos fit a cultural theme of fatalismo. Latino migrant farmworkers face many cultural and socioeconomic barriers to effective cancer control.2,3 In addition, migrant farmworkers' exposure to agrichemicals places them at increased risk for a variety of acute and chronic conditions, including cancer.4 With funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health,5 we conducted a survey of Latino migrant farmworkers to assess cancer-related knowledge, attitudes, and practices. As part of our research effort, we compared the level of myth and misconception in a poor and medically underserved Latino migrant population with the previously published results for Latino and Anglo

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