Researchers study disparities in cancer outcomes for Hispanic community

By Alana Watson, Wisconsin Public Radio

The Medical College of Wisconsin is looking for ways to combat racial disparities in cancer deaths between Hispanic and white residents in Milwaukee with the hope of providing resources to those in the community that are in need.

The researchers project by 2030 cases of cancer will increase by 142 percent among Hispanics compared to 31 percent in whites.

Ana Manriquez grew up on the south side of Milwaukee witnessing disparities in the Hispanic community. Those experiences led her to the health care field, specifically community health.

“We want to hopefully help them improve their quality of life,” said Manriquez, a research program coordinator with the Medical College of Wisconsin who is leading the project.