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New Mexico State University studying impact of cancer on Hispanic families

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New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services has launched a study to examine the impact of cancer on Hispanic families and to develop programs targeting Latinas.

Researchers in the university's Department of Public Health Sciences said this week they are looking for Hispanic mothers who have been diagnosed with cancer in the past two years as participants for the study.

Associate Professor Rebecca Palacios says most of the research on how women and their families cope with cancer is focused on non-Hispanic white participants of middle to upper-middle socioeconomic status.

She says the few studies involving racial ethnic minorities typically focus on middle-class African Americans.

Palacios says the team selected the study topic after finding a lack of education programs for cancer patients in the New Mexico-El Paso border region.

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