Cancer rates in Latin America skyrocketing, experts say



A "burgeoning cancer problem" threatens to cause widespread suffering and economic peril in Latin America, a group of experts claim in a new report.

They attribute the problem to late diagnosis, poor access to treatment, living more sedentary lifestyles, eating more unhealthily, smoking more and drinking more alcohol.

Paul Goss, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, who led the research team, told BBC News that "more widespread adoption of lifestyles similar to those in developed countries will lead to a rapidly growing number of patients with cancer, a cost burden for which Latin American countries are not prepared."

The researchers say that in Latin America, there are around 163 cases of cancer per 100,000 people. In the U.S., the comparable figure is 300 cases per 100,000, while in Europe it is 264 cases per 100,000.

But the death rate is much higher, the research team says.

In Latin America, it stands at 13 deaths for every 22 cancer cases, while it is 13 deaths for every 37 cases of cancer in the U.S., and approximately 13 deaths for every 30 cases in Europe.

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