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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

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

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

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Two iconic Mexican music queens have reunited for a new music video, and we’re still kind of in shock that this is actually happening.

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Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzmán, two singers who are known for being kick-ass, assertive women, debuted a brand new single and music video together titled “Cuando Un Hombre Te Enamora.”

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While the song itself is definitely pop, and a departure from the heavier stuff than they’re known for, the music video itself is pretty edgy. Billboard reports that the video was filmed in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and was directed by Alejandro Pérez.

The storyline is kind of like a telenovela, in the sense that it features a love triangle. Think of “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino,” but with better clothes.

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The two women text the a**hole (played by Rafael Amaya of “El Señor de los Cielos” fame) who has been playing both them and tell him to meet them in the desert. The guy clearly knows that both women know about each other, but goes to meet them anyway.

Before Guzmán and Trevi confront the cowboy, they bond by dancing in the desert.

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Seeing these two ladies dancing together is so crazy… in a good way!

When the guy finally does show up, the ladies try to poison him!

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This needs to be a telenovela ASAP! There’s too much drama to inhale in 4 minutes. If you’re not familiar with these wild ladies, let me give you a brief refresher on who these talented artists are.

Alejandra Guzmán made her debut as a singer in 1988, and she really changed the game for female artists in Mexico.

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She released 14 albums since then and isn’t slowing down by any means.

In Mexico, Guzmán is considered as bold and as outspoken as Madonna.

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One of her big hits, “Hacer el Amor Con Otro,” which translates to “making love with another,” was very controversial back when it was released in 1991. Female artists rarely sang so openly about sex.

Gloria Trevi is also a breakthrough artist, and is considered one of the most risqué female singers.

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Trevi made her debut one year after Guzmán, and right off the bat, you knew she was unlike anything you’d ever seen before.

Her sound drew influences from hard rock and her look matched her intense music.

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She wore her hair teased up high and had tattered clothes. She was basically every mother’s worst nightmare, which is why little girls idolized her.

For decades, Guzmán and Trevi proudly showed off their rough edges.

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They were assertive and didn’t back down when it came to singing about taboo subjects. It makes so much sense that the two women responsible for bringing feminism to Rock en Español would team up for this new song.

Billboard also reports that the two ladies will be releasing a joint album titled “Versus,” and will also go on tour together in June.

Amazing!

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The Technology Behind This Bra Is As Mind Blowing As The Mexican Teen Who Invented It

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The Technology Behind This Bra Is As Mind Blowing As The Mexican Teen Who Invented It

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Seventeen-year-old Julian Rios Cantu just brought home $20,000 from the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards for his invention: EVA, a bra that uses biosensors to detect early signs of breast cancer.

EVA, which earned Rios Cantu the title of best enterprising student in the world, is expected to help diagnose women predisposed to breast cancer. Though EVA is the result of more than a year of research, and the aid of several great minds, Cantu’s journey with breast cancer began when it nearly killed someone very close to him.

Rios Cantu was only 13 when his mother, Graciela, was first diagnosed with breast cancer.


Though her first diagnosis was caught early, El Universal reported, doctors still had to remove her breast to fight off the cancer. Her second diagnosis was caught at a late stage, causing her and her family to endure the effects of intense treatment. To save her life, doctors removed her other breast. In Mexico, Graciela’s story is not uncommon. As Infobae reported, in Mexico, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 30 minutes, according to the Ministry of Health.

As El Universal reported, a major problem in Mexico is that the resources for diagnosis are limited as compared to the potential number of patients.

At the age of 17, Rios Cantu formed Higia Technologies with three other friends.

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With the help of his friend, Rios Cantu, an engineering student and Higia’s CEO and co-founder, spent more than a year developing the technology necessary to make EVA a reality. According to Higia, the “Breast cancer detection bra” is “equipped with tactile sensors to map the surface of the breast and the surrounding areas.” The biosensors measure temperature, and because tumors require blood, it leads to increased blood flow, which creates a higher temperature in the affected breast.

The bra collects data for analysis on app or computer, Infobae reported.

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In order to collect data, the user is expected to wear EVA once a week for 60 to 90 minutes at a time. Rios Cantu explained the motivation for using the bra versus using more traditional methods, saying that a breast self-exam allows for human error that can lead to death. On the other hand, the bra takes into account variables like breast temperature, color, and roughness, and analyzes the data through software to give a diagnosis, El Universal reported.

While EVA is expected to help patients receive an early diagnosis, Dr. Enrique Bargello believes that one of the main challenges facing women in Mexico is education. Early diagnosis is very important for one’s survival and education play a key role in that. For more information, click here.

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