little_haiti.jpegMIAMI (AP) _ Medical researchers are working with community leaders to improve cancer screenings in Miami's Little Haiti where cervical cancer rates are higher than in neighboring areas.


Researchers found that women in Little Haiti had cervical cancer at a rate four times that of non-Haitian black women in Miami-Dade County and twice the rate of women in heavily Hispanic Hialeah.

They also found that breast cancer cases tended to be more advanced by the time they were diagnosed in women in Little Haiti than in women from other Miami-Dade County communities.

University of Miami researchers and community leaders tell The Miami Herald that fears about alerting immigration authorities and language and cultural barriers keep many Haitian women from getting the cancer screenings that have led to declines in U.S. cancer deaths.