breast cancer PAHO / WHO

  • Each year in the Americas, more than 462,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and almost 100,000 women die from this disease.
  • If current trends continue, by 2030, the number of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer is projected to increase by 34% in the Americas.
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean, breast cancer ranks as the first cancer type among women both regarding new cases and deaths.
  • Several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have some of the highest rates for risk of dying from breast cancer, highlighting the inequities in health in the Region.
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean, a greater proportion of breast cancer deaths occur in women under 65 years of age (56%) as compared to North America (37%).
  • Earlier diagnosis coupled with advances in treatment has led to better outcomes and longer survival for women with breast cancer. However, many Latin American and Caribbean countries continue to have limited access to these interventions.

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