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article imageLatin America under cancer threat

By Owen Weldon     Apr 29, 2013 in Health
Experts, who have written in Lancet Oncology, have said that cancer is threatening to overwhelm countries throughout Latin America.
According to BBC, experts say that Latin America countries see fewer cases of cancer than the United States or Europe, but proportion that die is a lot higher.
According to Medscape, Paul E. Goss, MD, PhD, and the lead author, said that as the regions' populations age, it is facing a huge cancer burden. Goss said that failure to act will have major economic and human consequences.
According to Huffington post, researchers said that people in Latin America are enjoying the benefits of growing economic prosperity, but this is also causing people to live more sedentary lives, which is often accompanied by a rise in consuming alcohol, smoking and obesity, which contributes to an increase in cancer rates. Cancer rates are now expected to jump by more than 33 percent in the region by the year 2020.
One of the reasons why people are more likely to die from cancer in some regions of Latin America than they are in Europe and America is due to many people not having health insurance, or they have very little health insurance. Also, public health efforts do not have a strong focus on preventive medicine. This often leads to patients becoming too sick to be treated, when they do seek out treatment.
On Friday, researchers called on governments to start coming up with short-term solutions, as enacting reforms quickly would be very difficult. Researchers are calling on governments to take action such as raising taxes on tobacco and give families cleaner-burning wood stoves.
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