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  • Cancer is a leading cause of death in the Americas. In 2012, cancer accounted for 1.3 million deaths, 47% of which occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • The number of cancer deaths in the Americas is projected to increase from 1.3 million to 2.1 million between 2012 and 2030.
  • About a third of all cancer cases could be prevented by avoiding key risk factors. These include tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.
  • Vaccination and screening programmes are effective interventions to reduce the burden of specific types of cancer.
  • Many cancers have a high chance of cure if detected early and treated adequately.
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In Puerto Rico, PAHO/WHO supports new care model for chronic diseases

 Puerto Rico’s Department of Health will carry out a demonstration project to improve control or chronic diseases in seven municipalities in the island’s northeast, with support from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

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