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Being thrifty comes naturally for Lilliana Vazquez. From a young age, her mother taught her how to comb the racks at Sears in search of the same looks her school friends were splurging on at Neiman Marcus.
Afraid to speak up about sex and personal hygiene at the doctor’s office? You’re not alone. “We just weren’t raised to talk about these issues, especially in the Hispanic community,” says Nancy Aguirre de Baker, a Mexican American ob-gyn at Fort HealthCare Center for Women’s Health in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Here are some of the questions Latinas feel shy about bringing up:
Think skin cancer is not your problem? Think again.
Despite what you may have heard, it’s not just white people who are at risk for skin cancer. “The most common question I get from patients is, ‘Why did I get skin cancer if I’m brown?” says Puerto Rican dermatologist Maritza Perez, an associate clinical professor at Columbia University in New York. “They’re totally in shock.” That supposed immunity is just one of many popular misconceptions, says Dr. Perez, who helps us separate fact from fiction by debunking five common myths: