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Breast Cancer in Mexico: A Pressing Priority


Felicia Marie Knaul


Mexican Health Foundation; Harvard Global Equity Initiative

Gustavo Nigenda


Medical University of Sofia

Rafael Lozano


World Health Organization

Héctor Arreola-Ornelas


Fundación Mexicana para la Salud, A.C.

Ana Langer


Harvard University - Harvard School of Public Health

Julio Frenk


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

November 1, 2008

Reproductive Health Matters Vol. 16 (32), Nov 2008. 113-123

Abstract:     
Breast cancer is a serious threat to the health of women globally, and an unrecognised priority in middle-income countries. This paper presents data from Mexico. It shows that breast cancer accounts for more deaths than cervical cancer since 2006. It is the second cause of death for women aged 30–54 and affects all socio-economic groups. Data on detection, although under-reported, show 6,000 new cases in 1990, and a projected increase to over 16,500 per year by 2020. Further, the majority of cases are self-detected and only 10% of all cases are detected in stage one. Mexico's social security systems cover approximately 40–45% of the population, and include breast cancer treatment. As of 2007, the rest of the population has the right to breast cancer treatment through the Popular Health Insurance. Despite these entitlements, services are lacking and interventions for early detection, particularly mammography, are very limited. As of 2006 only 22% of women aged 40–69 reported having a mammogram in the past year. Barriers exist on both the demand and supply sides. Lobbying, education, awareness-building and an articulated policy response will be important to ensure expanded coverage, access to and take-up of both treatment and early detection. ©2008 Reproductive Health Matters. All rights reserved.

Keywords: breast cancer and screening, cervical cancer, socio-economic status, health policy

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Date posted: May 4, 2012 ; Last revised: May 15, 2012

Suggested Citation

Knaul, Felicia Marie and Nigenda, Gustavo and Lozano, Rafael and Arreola-Ornelas, Héctor and Langer, Ana and Frenk, Julio, Breast Cancer in Mexico: A Pressing Priority (November 1, 2008). Reproductive Health Matters Vol. 16 (32), Nov 2008. 113-123. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2050467

Contact Information

Felicia Marie Knaul (Contact Author)
Mexican Health Foundation ( email )
Periférico sur 4809, El Arenal Tepepan, Tlalpan
El Arenal Tepepan, Tlalpan
Mexico, D.F., 14610
Mexico
(52) 55 56559011 (Phone)
(52) 55 56559082 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://http//www.funsalud.org.mx
Harvard Global Equity Initiative ( email )
FXB Building, Room 632
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States
(617) 4327938 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k62597&pageid=icb.page268594
Gustavo Nigenda
Medical University of Sofia
Bialo more str. N 8
Sofia, 1527
Bulgaria
Rafael Lozano
World Health Organization ( email )
20 Avenue Appia
Geneva 27, CH-1211
Switzerland
Héctor Arreola-Ornelas
Fundación Mexicana para la Salud, A.C. ( email )
Periférico sur 4809, El Arenal Tepepan, Tlalpan
México, D.F., 14610
México, 14610
Ana Langer
Harvard University - Harvard School of Public Health ( email )
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Julio Frenk
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ( email )
P.O. Box 23350
Seattle, WA 98102
United States
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