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These Latina Celebrities Fought Breast Cancer And Their Stories Should Encourage Regular Screenings

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Latina Health Month spans from September 15 to October 15, which perfectly coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month. As such, we are honoring Latinas who have faced one of life’s scariest opponents — breast cancer.

A 2013 study published online at the National Center for Biotechnology Information mentioned previous studies showed Latinas tended to have a fatalistic attitude towards cancer or felt “inhibition against breasts being imaged or examined by physicians, particularly male doctors.”

Breast cancer is nothing to be ashamed about, and these Latinas are fighting for the awareness of their community as well as inspiring women who are fighting the same battle they did.

1. Adamari López

One of the most prominent faces of breast cancer survivors in the Latino community is actress and advocate Adamari López. You might remember her from your telenovela days in ’00s soaps including “Amigas y Rivales” and “Mujeres, Casos de la Vida Real.” After starring onscreen for many years, López found out she had stage 1 breast cancer at age 33 in 2005 and rallied to battle it. She now is an advocate for charities fighting against cancer.

2. Alejandra Guzmán

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Mexican singer-songwriter Alejandra Guzmán rocked against breast cancer following her diagnosis in 2007. She underwent surgery to remove a tumor a few days later and is now involved in campaigns against breast cancer.

3. Barbara Mori

Uruguayan actress Barbara Mori was able to detect her breast cancer early thanks to her regular doctor check-ups. Mori was able to beat cancer after a round of surgery. She has said, “I want the world to know that if detected in time, this illness can be cured.” Sounds like the positive words that are needed to #FightTheGoodFight.

4. Ana María Polo

Known as the tough judge on “Caso Cerrado” who gives out stinging critiques each time her gavel is hammered down, Ana María Polo had to wage a battle against cancer when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. She took a well-deserved long vacation after her mastectomy and hit the ground running as a staunch advocate for breast cancer awareness, becoming a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen foundation. She is also becoming the the first Latina spokesperson for Stand Up to Cancer.

5. Angélica María

One of the grand dames of Mexican telenovelas and films, Angélica María had to show her strength as “La Novia de México” when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. She is an advocate for constant check-ups, since she took swift action after cancer was detected following one of her check-ups.

“I had to keep going forward, I couldn’t die. I couldn’t complain—on the contrary, I had to be sure the cancer would finish,” María said in the interview above.

6. Daniela Romo

The Mexican actress and singer is one of the biggest names in Mexican entertainment. She has enjoyed a long career in the public eye, but had to step away when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In response, she had a mastectomy and had the cancer removed and has advocated regular screenings to combat breast cancer in her community.

7. Lorena Rojas

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Mexican actress Lorena Rojas bravely fought against cancer from the time she was first diagnosed at age 38 until her death in the spring of 2015 from the illness. After learning she had breast cancer, Rojas did not let it become a death sentence and instead insisted on living a healthy, normal life as best she could. She even adopted a daughter in 2013.

READ: These 19 Celebrities Have Survived Cancer And Continue To Thrive In Their Lives And Careers

Do you know an inspiring Latina who has beaten breast cancer? Let us know in the comments and share this article with your friends to remind them to always do their breast self-exams.

Next Time You Visit Your Doctor, Ask These Questions To Get The Most Out Of Your Appointment

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If it’s time to get your annual physical and/or pap smear, which is never fun, we want to help make the process a little bit easier for you with this handy checklist.

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, it’s Latina Health Month and these are all questions you should ask while having a consultation. Men, you can ask these questions, or additional ones, too.

Remember, no question is ever off the table when you’re under the stethoscope. The doctor is there to help you stay healthy for as long as possible. They are there to answer your questions so ask away. They’ve heard, and seen, it all.

1. Bring a pen and notepad to take some notes about what the doctor is saying.

First thing’s first. Once you have scheduled your wellness exam, start recording any physical or emotional difficulties you have been having, suggests Dr. Mache Seibel on his online page. Bring these notes along with any questions you may have to your doctor. Also keep detailed notes of anything your doctor says during your visit.

2. “How can I be tested for a certain disease or condition, and what will these tests tell me?”

The Cleveland Clinic advises to ask very detailed questions when talking to your doctor about symptoms or a disease you may have. Some other questions the clinic suggests to ask your doctor are: “Is there more than one disease or condition that could be causing my symptoms?” and “Should I be tested for a certain disease or condition?”

3. Find out what you need to do in order to get a test done.

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If your doctor says additional tests are needed, take a deep breath and calmly assess the situation with these list of questions. According to the National Institute on Aging, questions to ask about medical tests include: “What steps does the test involve?” “How should I get ready?””Are there any dangers or side effects?”

4. “What screenings should I have during this visit?”

OK, so you braved the lonnngg wait in the waiting room watching daytime TV on the room’s small TV and now you are ready to sit in front of your doctor. Pacific Gynecology & Obstetric suggests asking these three questions when going into your annual women’s health exam. The first question you can ask is: “What screenings should I have during this visit?” A pap smear and breast exam are tests often featured during a women’s wellness exam. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month so it’s important to check out the chichis.

5. “Do I need to be tested for an STD?”

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It can be a little nerve-wracking to think about your past sexual flings, and more so when you have to discuss it with your doctor. As Pacific Family Care states on its website, doctors are there to discuss your sexual history in a non-judgmental environment. If you are sexually active, along with asking about STD testing, you can also ask if you should be using contraception while having your annual women’s health exam.

READ: Latinos Are Less Likely To Seek Medical Help, This Health App In Spanish Could Help

Ladies (and guys), Latina Health Month can also be a great reminder to head to the doctor as well for your routine check-up. Share this with your friends if you agree!

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