Local group aims to support Hispanic women with breast cancer

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, but it's also one of the most treatable if it's caught early.

The key to early detection is screenings like mammograms, but not all women are getting them. In fact, there are disparities in the number of women getting mammograms based on race and ethnicity. According to the American Cancer Society, 67 percent of white women over 40 have gotten a mammogram in the last two years. 

That's compared to 66 percent of African American women and 64 percent of Hispanic women..

That difference in percentage could mean the differences in lives saved. Both African American and Hispanic women tend to be diagnosed with more advanced breast cancers than white women.  

Wanda Rodriguez of Alas-Wings joined us LIVE on GDC to talk more about the organization that caters specifially to HIspanic women.