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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.

:: Latest News: Cancer

Eight in 10 adolescent girls in the Americas have access to HPV vaccine, following its introduction in Brazil

Following its introduction in Brazil last week, the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) is now available to more than 80% of adolescent girls in the Americas. The vaccine provides protection against the two types of HPV that cause approximately 70% of all cervical cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women in Latin America and the Caribbean.


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:: Scientific and Technical Materials: Cancer Program

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