According to announcement at the Latin American Cooperative Oncology Group (LACOG) 2013 conference, cancer cases in Latin America region is increasing in an alarming rate.
The new study shows around 13 deaths for every 22 cancer cases in the region, compared to around 13 deaths for every 37 cases in the United States and around 13 deaths for every 30 cases in Europe. There are 163 cases of cancer per 100,000 people, compared to 300 in the Unites States.
The study was published in the British journal The Lancet Oncology. There are far fewer cases of cancer in the region than in the US or Europe - However, the proportion who die is much higher.
The reason behind this disparity is due to late diagnosis, poor access to treatment, increase in life expectancies, rise in alcohol consumption, smoking and obesity.
The cancer rates are expected to rise more than 33 percent in the region by 2020.
It is prophesed that the main reason for this is that, most patients look for treatment when they are at late stages of the cancer and are too late to get the treatment to survice. On top of this, the cost of cancer treatment is very expenisve in Latin America.
The study suggests that Latin American nations should push for major changes to their healthcare policies, such as investing more funds to public health, broadening healthcare access so cancer patients can be treated faster
and ealier. Also coming up with better national cancer plans are essential and urgent.