Breast cancer is the most common cancer and a leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the Americas (comprised of North America, Latin America (Central and South America), and the Caribbean). In 2012, more than 90,000 women died from breast cancer in the Americas, despite improvements in breast cancer care made in the past 20 years. Almost half of these deaths occur in Latin America and the Caribbean.3,4
If current trends continue, the number of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer is expected to increase by nearly 50 percent in these regions by 2030. In response, Susan G. Komen, local NGOs and advocate communities are working together to develop sustainable, local solutions to reduce breast cancer deaths and save lives. Read about the work we’re doing in each region of the Americas by following the links below.
3 Globocan 2012- http://globocan.iarc.fr/Pages/fact_sheets_cancer.aspx
4 Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, The Challenge Ahead: Progress and Setbacks in Breast and Cervical Cancer, September 2011. Also see: Breast and cervical cancer in 187 countries between 1980 and 2010: a systematic analysis.
www.thelancet.com September 15, 2011
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