- Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the Americas, responsible for 1.3 million deaths and 3.7 new cases (21% of the cases globally) in 2018.
- The number of cancer cases is projected to increase 32%, to more than 5 million million cases by 2030, due to the aging of the population and the epidemiological transition in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- About 40% of all cancer cases could be prevented by reducing key risk factors. These include tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.
- Vaccination and screening programmes are effective interventions to prevent cancers ameneable to primary and secondary prevention.
- About 30% of cancers can be cured if detected early and treated adequately. All cancer patients can benefit from palliative care.
World Cancer Day 2020
PAHO joins World Cancer Day 2020 campaign to call everyone, collectively and individually, to commit to strengthen actions aimed to reduce the impact of cancer. Learn more about the campaign, access to technical materials and download and share the communications products
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Virtual course on comprehensive cervical cancer control
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Cervical cancer prevention communication campaign
- 1-2 August, 2019.- Towards Elimination of Cervical Cancer in the Americas.
- 31 July-1 August, 2018.- Experiences in the implementation of cervical cancer screening programs based in HPV testing
- 24-25 April, 2017.- Cancer prevention recommendations for Latin America and the Caribbean: scoping meeting
- 2-3 February, 2017. Pediatric Cancer Working Group for Latin America and the Caribbean
Featured Publications and Resources
WHO's Publications on Cancer