"Cancer Now No. 1 Cause of Death for U.S. Latinos"

"Cancer has become the leading cause of death among U.S. Latinos, nosing past heart disease in 2009, researchers at the American Cancer Society reported Monday."

"For most demographic groups -- and for the country as a whole -- heart disease is the top killer, claiming a total of 599,413 American lives in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That same year, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 567,628 Americans died of cancer.

Among Latinos that year, the rankings were reversed: 29,935 died of cancer and 29,611 of heart disease, according to a study in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians."

Eryn Brown reports for the Los Angeles Times September 17, 2012.

Source: LA Times, 09/18/2012