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Planning cancer control in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Lancet Oncology, Volume 14, Issue 5, Pages 391 - 436, April 2013
Website: http://bit.ly/186qSl0

Non-communicable diseases, including cancer, are overtaking infectious disease as the leading health-care threat in middle-income and low-income countries. Latin American and Caribbean countries are struggling to respond to increasing morbidity and death from advanced disease. Health ministries and health-care systems in these countries face many challenges caring for patients with advanced cancer: inadequate funding; inequitable distribution of resources and services; inadequate numbers, training, and distribution of health-care personnel and equipment; lack of adequate care for many populations based on socioeconomic, geographic, ethnic, and other factors; and current systems geared toward the needs of wealthy, urban minorities at a cost to the entire population.

This burgeoning cancer problem threatens to cause widespread suffering and economic peril to the countries of Latin America. Prompt and deliberate actions must be taken to avoid this scenario. Increasing efforts towards prevention of cancer and avoidance of advanced, stage IV disease will reduce suffering and mortality and will make overall cancer care more affordable. We hope the findings of our Commission and our recommendations will inspire Latin American stakeholders to redouble their efforts to address this increasing cancer burden and to prevent it from worsening and threatening their societies….”
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La planificación y el control del cáncer en América Latina y el Caribe
Paul E Goss, Brittany L Lee, Tanja Badovinac-Crnjevic, Kathrin Strasser-Weippl, Yanin Chavarri-Guerra, Jessica St Louis, Cynthia Villarreal-Garza, Karla Unger-Saldaña, Mayra Ferreyra, Márcio Debiasi, Pedro E R Liedke, Diego Touya, Gustavo Werutsky, Michaela Higgins, Lei Fan, Claudia Vasconcelos, Eduardo Cazap, Carlos Vallejos, Alejandro Mohar, Felicia Knaul, Hector Arreola, Rekha Batura, Silvana Luciani,

Richard Sullivan, Dianne Finkelstein, Sergio Simon, Carlos Barrios, Rebecca Kightlinger, Andres Gelrud, Vladimir Bychkovsky, Gilberto Lopes, Stephen Stefani, Marcelo Blaya, Fabiano Hahn Souza, Franklin Santana Santos, Alberto Kaemmerer, Evandro de Azambuja, Andres Felipe Cardona Zorilla, Raul Murillo, Jose Jeronimo, Vivien Tsu, Andre Carvalho, Carlos Ferreira Gil, Cinthya Sternberg, Alfonso Dueñas-Gonzalez, Dennis Sgroi, Mauricio Cuello, Rodrigo Fresco, Rui Manuel Reis, Guiseppe Masera, Raúl Gabús, Raul Ribeiro, Renata Knust, Gustavo Ismael, Eduardo Rosenblatt, Berta Roth, Luisa Villa, Argelia Lara Solares, Marta Ximena Leon, Isabel Torres-Vigil, Alfredo Covarrubias-Gomez, Andrés Hernández, Mariela Bertolino, Gilberto Schwartsmann, Sergio Santillana, Francisco Esteva, Luis Fein, Max Mano, Henry Gomez, Marc Hurlbert, Alessandra Durstine, Gustavo Azenha

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“….Las enfermedades no transmisibles, incluido el cáncer, están sobrepasando a las enfermedades infecciosas como la principal amenaza de salud en los países de ingresos medios y bajos.
Los países de América Latina y el Caribe tienen dificultades para responder al aumento de la morbilidad y la mortalidad producidas por las enfermedades en fase avanzada. En estos países los ministerios de la salud y los sistemas de atención de la salud se enfrentan a muchos desafíos referentes a la atención de pacientes con cáncer avanzado: financiación insuficiente, distribución no equitativa de los recursos y servicios; escasez y la capacitación y distribución inadecuadas del personal y equipo destinado a los servicios de salud; falta de una atención adecuada a muchas poblaciones debido a factores socioeconómicos, geográficos, étnicos y otros; y el hecho de que los sistemas actuales se encuentran orientados a las necesidades del sector minoritario de la población urbana de alto poder adquisitivo a expensas del resto de la población…..”
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Planejamento do controle do câncer na América Latina e no Caribe
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“.....Doenças não transmissíveis, incluindo o câncer, estão superando as doenças infecciosas na liderança das ameaças à saúde em países de média e baixa renda. Países da América Latina e do Caribe estão lutando para responder à crescente morbidade e mortalidade decorrentes da doença avançada. Os ministérios da saúde e sistemas de saúde desses países enfrentam muitos desafios no tratamento de pacientes com câncer avançado: financiamento inadequado; distribuição desigual de recursos e serviços; número, treinamento e distribuição de pessoal e equipamento inadequados; falta de tratamento adequado para muitas populações com base em fatores socioeconômicos, geográficos, étnicos e outros; e os sistemas atuais voltados às necessidades das minorias urbanas ricas à custa de toda a população. Esse problema que se expande ameaça causar sofrimento generalizado e risco econômico aos países da América Latina. Ações imediatas e deliberadas devem ser tomadas para evitar esse cenário. Esforços crescentes voltados à prevenção do câncer e da doença avançada estágio IV reduzirão o sofrimento e a mortalidade e farão com que o tratamento do câncer seja mais acessível. ….”

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