Among Latina women, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the number one cancer killer. In a new book produced by Redes En Acción, 26 South Texas women who have fought this deadly disease describe the Latina breast cancer experience in their own words.
The book, Nuestras Historias: Mujeres Hispanas Sobreviviendo el Cáncer del Seno (Our Stories: Hispanic Women Surviving Breast Cancer), is a 114-page, full-color publication presented in both English and Spanish. Through the stories of the women, the book relates the influence of the Hispanic/Latino culture on the breast cancer experience and on the coping skills used by many of the Latina women in battling the disease.
Click on one of the links below to view the Nuestras Historias book in Portable Document Format (PDF). In the sample version, you can see the book cover, table of contents and one of the stories.
Unless your computer has broadband capabilities, we DO NOT recommend that you try to open the full version of the book file, as it is quite large and attempting to open the file using dial-up only access will most likely lock up your computer. If you are unable to download the PDF files and would like to obtain a copy of the book on CD so that you can have copies printed for your breast cancer support group, send your request for the CD to Baylor College of Medicine, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Research Center, 8207 Callaghan Rd., Suite 110, San Antonio, TX 78230.
Spanish-speaking breast cancer patients and their families also have another online resource to turn to, funded by the National Cancer Institute. The Web site, launched in May 2006 by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications Research, is called Conviviendo con el Cancer de Seno, -- a translation of Living With Breast Cancer. That's the title of a program found on an English-language Web resource called the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS).
The site offers an extensive database of original content, and it also serves as an information clearinghouse linking directly to other high-quality educational materials in Spanish for Latinas created by trusted sources such as the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.