Latin America facing huge cancer burden: report

Researchers say while the overall incidence of cancer, estimated to be 163 cases per 100,000 people, is considerably lower than in the US and Europe, fatalities are higher at 13 deaths for every 22 cases of cancer in Latin America compared to 13 for every 37 cases in the US, and 13 for every 30 cases in Europe.

Presenting their assessment at an oncology conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the researchers said cancer rates were rising alarmingly in the region and could overwhelm capacity to provide access to medical care, particularly for the poor.