Entries in Latin America (2)


Proportion of Cancer Patients who Die Much Higher in Latin America

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Though there are fewer cases of cancer in Latin America than there are in the United States or Europe, experts say that the percentage of people who die from the disease in the region is much higher, according to BBC News.

The Lancet Oncology report find that this disparity can be explained mainly because treatment is not as accessible or advanced in Latin America as it is in the U.S. or Europe, and that it’s often detected later.

This problem is made more apparent as life expectancies increase.

Though cancer is generally rarer in Latin America, the study finds that as the region becomes more modernized, people begin to take up unhealthy habits and live a more sedentary lifestyle, making them more prone to cancer, and when treatment isn't readily available, it's a problem.

There are 163 cases of cancer per 100,000 people, compared to 300 in the Unites States. However, in Latin America there are 13 deaths for every 22 cancer cases, compared to the U.S.’s 13 deaths for every 37 cases.

"This burgeoning cancer problem threatens to cause widespread suffering and economic peril to the countries of Latin America,” said the leader of the research team, Paul Goss, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

"The region is poorly equipped to deal with the alarming rise in cancer incidence and disproportionately high mortality rates compared with other world regions, underscoring the magnitude of the cancer-control problem," Goss said.

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Laura Bush Leads Effort to Expand Cancer Screening, Treatment Abroad

Archie Carpenter/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former first lady Laura Bush is raising awareness about cervical and breast cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America while working to expand screening and treatment.

Bush and former U.S. Ambassador Nancy Brinker are leading Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a public-private partnership that will expand the availability of vital cervical cancer screening and treatment and breast care education, particularly for HIV-stricken women in developing nations.  The partners include the George W. Bush Institute, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Brinker is the former U.S. ambassador to Hungary and founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a breast cancer awareness and advocacy organization that she started in honor of her sister, Komen, who died of breast cancer in 1980.

“It’s new, we know it’s bold, but we believe we can reduce deaths from cervical cancer in sub-Sahara Africa by 25 percent in five years,”  Brinker, speaking of the new initiative, told ABC's Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on the show.

The former first lady said Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon has many corporate partners and sponsors that could bring technical assistance to the effort.

Asked by Roberts about how they could hope to involve Americans in the effort when people were worried about their own difficult times in the United States, Bush said, “I think it’s really important, both for our moral imperative to reach out to people around the world, and I know many Americans agree with that.  But also I think it’s important for our national security to make sure that people don’t think we’re just standing by while everyone across Africa is dying of something that is treatable or is preventable.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush will launch Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon on Tuesday.

Pink ribbons are associated with support for breast cancer patients and research, while red ribbons denote similar support for HIV/AIDS.

Cervical cancer is the most common women’s cancer in Africa and the third most common cancer in women worldwide, affecting 530,000 women and killing 275,000 women every year.  Breast cancer is estimated to affect 1.4 million women and kill 458,000 women each year globally.

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