Latin America Threatened By Mounting Cancer Epidemic, Study Finds

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In Latin America the growth of fueling is causing a cancer epidemic and it’s threatening to spread in the region if the government does not get involved.  Findings in a recent study indicate that cancer is taking over regions that are not compatible with the socioeconomic changes in Latin America.

Writing in The Lancet Oncology medical journal, researchers said Latin Americans are enjoying the benefits of growing economic prosperity but also are leading longer, more sedentary lives, accompanied by a rise in alcohol consumption, smoking and obesity. Cancer rates,  are expected to rise more than 33 percent in the region by 2020.  Preventative medicine in Latin America for cancer is hard to come by.  While in the United States has better health care and patients visit the doctor more frequently.

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