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

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

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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.

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Gloria Trevi and Ivy Queen’s “Todos Me Miran” Duet at Premio Lo Nuestro Was Everything

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Gloria Trevi and Ivy Queen’s “Todos Me Miran” Duet at Premio Lo Nuestro Was Everything

Gloria Trevi was given an honorary Premio Lo Nuestro award last night for her decades in the music industry. The Mexican icon hit the stage for the medley of her hits that included a surprise appearance from Ivy Queen.

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After receiving her award, Trevi hit the stage to show the world the spectacular pop star that she is. For the opening, she threw it all the way back to one of her earliest classics, “Pelo Suelto.” The reggaeton version was rounded-out with some fierce hair flips. Trevi followed that up with her other hit “Cinco Minutos.”

In a moment that we didn’t know we needed, Puerto Rican superstar Ivy Queen emerged to sing Trevi’s gay anthem “Todos Me Miran” alongside her. The queen of reggaeton sounded incredible belting the dance track with Trevi. Can they please release this remix to Spotify and Apple Music ASAP?

Trevi brought out the disco balls to sing down the house with “Grande” in a new remix with Ivy. The ladies then regrouped for one of the gayest and more glorious moments of her set. Trevi gave herself a fitting tribute by singing the Spanish version of “Gloria” in a rainbow-colored extravaganza. We’re going to need these iconic queens to collaborate more often.

Trevi and Ivy Queen weren’t the only queens in the house.

Premio Lo Nuestro made sure to highlight the queens of Latin music this year. La Reina del Rock Alejandra Guzmán paid tribute to Armando Manzanero. Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio later won Cumbia Song of the Year thanks to her collaboration “Tú y Yo” with Raymix.

Read: Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzmán Just Dropped An Insane Music Video Together

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Latinas Are Wearing Rosita Shirts For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Latinas Are Wearing Rosita Shirts For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that means it’s time to show support to all the FIERCE mujeres out there who are breast cancer survivors or are fighting a battle against the disease. The arrival of October marks a month-long initiative helping put the spotlight firmly on women’s health and we want to do our part to help.

mitú partnered with Latinas Contra Cancer to create a collection of tees for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

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Most of us dread going to the doctor for a mammogram and we push off getting the procedure done, no matter how important it is to our health. Of course, getting your boobs mashed into cold medical machines doesn’t sound like a good time, but it’s something you just have to do. 

Recent research has found that Latinas and women of color are at higher risk when it comes to breast cancer fatalities. And this is mostly due to a lack of outreach to Latinas for medical breast cancer research. The disease is hitting a lot of Latina groups, including Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican women. 

Represent the poderosa breast cancer survivor by shopping this tee while donating 20% of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

Latinas Contra Cancer is an organization that aims to “create an inclusive health care system that provides services to the underserved Latino population around issues of breast and other cancers.

In support of the cause, we’ve teamed up with Latinas Contra Cancer, an organization that is raising awareness about cancer in the Latino community, increasing access to quality care, working to decrease mortality and improving the quality of health care experience. ‘Latinas Contra Cancer’s mission is to “create an inclusive health care system that provides services to the underserved Latino population around issues of breast and other cancers.”

Shop for a cause: wear rosita to honor your guerrera, and 20% of the proceeds will go to Latinas Contra Cancer.

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Wear our #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth tees to honor someone you love, whether it’s your tía, your sobrina, your hermana, or a friend, give a very special shout out to a strong lady who is battling this disease and help fund resources to help Latino communities of patients affected during and after their fight against cancer. 

Represent the poderosa breast cancer survivor by shopping this tee while donating 20% of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

Donations to ‘Latinas Contra Cancer’ makes it possible for them to provide cancer survivors with a personalized wig and breast prosthesis, free of charge.

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The proceeds raised by your purchase will go to important programs like “Survivor Support”, where Latinas Contra Cancer host a monthly Spanish language survivor support group and other events to encourage self-care for survivors and caregivers in the community. Donations to LCC also help keep their ‘Wig & Breast Prothesis Boutique” running. In this unique space, the organization provides cancer survivors with a personalized shopping experience with caring staff and trained mastectomy fitters both in English and Spanish, at no cost.

mitú x Latinas Contra Cancer’s ‘Rosita’ collection is for our amigas, tías, madres or abuelas who are battling breast cancer are warriors and are breast cancer survivors or are battling breast cancer. 

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Wear rosita for whoever you’re supporting; whether it’s your friend or your mom, the collection in partnership with Latinas Contra Cancer and mitú, features 6 different tees that you can wear to give a huge shout out to your hermanas, amigas, tías, madres, abuelas and primas, to show your admiration, respect, and most importantly your support of their battle against breast cancer. if pink isn’t your color, we got you, all styles are available in white and black and rosita.

Represent the poderosa breast cancer survivor by shopping this tee while donating 20% of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

Latinas are diagnosed at more advanced stages of breast cancer and are 20% more likely to die from the disease, so stop putting off that mammogram and get checked now.

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While Latinas experience breast cancer at lower rates than most ethnic groups, they tend to be diagnosed at more advanced stages, making them 20 percent more likely than white women to die from the disease. According to Susan G. Komen, Latinas have a greater probability of discovering the disease at later stages, often when the tumors are larger and have spread, because they are less likely to schedule consistent mammogram exams and more likely to delay follow-ups after an abnormal test result, often due to low-income, a lack of health insurance and limited English proficiency.

It turns out Latinas are just not great at checking in with doctors in general. According to a census report, Latinos are the group least likely to take a trip to the doctor’s office. At the time of the census, 42% of Latinos had never attended their annual doctor’s appointment. 

Represent the poderosa breast cancer survivor by shopping this tee while donating 20% of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

Breast cancer happens to women of all ages. Don’t forget to check your chichis in routine self-breast examinations and visit your doctor if you feel anything abnormal.

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While the general consensus is that the ideal age at which you should start going to the doctor for breast cancer screenings is forty, it’s important for women to remember that breast cancer in young women is also possible. Mammogram screenings are essential for detecting breast cancer in all women, whether they’re experiencing symptoms or not. And don’t forget to touch your chichis. Self-breast examinations have saved women of all ages, be sure to self examine your breasts routinely and go to the doctor if you spot anything abnormal.  About 80% of breast lumps are benign. Still, you can prevent a lot of the false alarms you would maybe experience otherwise by always checking in with your doctor.

Represent the poderosa breast cancer survivor by shopping this tee while donating 20% of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

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