Breast Cancer in Mexico: A Growing Challenge to Health and the Health Care System

The Lancet Oncology 2012; 13(8): e335-e343

Posted: 1 Feb 2013 Last revised: 14 Jun 2013

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Yanin Chavarri-Guerra

Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán

Cynthia Villarreal-Garza

Instituto Nacional de Cancerología México

Pedro Rubini-Liedke

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Felicia Knaul

Harvard Global Equity Initiative; Mexican Health Foundation

Alejandro Mohar

Instituto Nacional de Cancerología México

Dianne Finkelstein

Harvard School of Public Health

Paul Goss

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Breast cancer is a major public health issue in low-income and middle-income countries. In Mexico, incidence and mortality of breast cancer have risen in the past few decades. Changes in health-care policies in Mexico have incorporated programmes for access to early diagnosis and treatment of this disease. This Review outlines the status of breast cancer in Mexico, regarding demographics, access to care, and strategies to improve clinical outcomes. We identify factors that contribute to the existing disease burden, such as low mammography coverage, poor quality control, limited access to diagnosis and treatment, and insufficient physical and human resources for clinical care.

Keywords: Breast cancer, health, Mexico, early diagnosis, mammography

Suggested Citation

Chavarri-Guerra, Yanin and Villarreal-Garza, Cynthia and Rubini-Liedke, Pedro and Knaul, Felicia and Knaul, Felicia and Mohar, Alejandro and Finkelstein, Dianne and Goss, Paul, Breast Cancer in Mexico: A Growing Challenge to Health and the Health Care System (2012). The Lancet Oncology 2012; 13(8): e335-e343, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2209366

Yanin Chavarri-Guerra

Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán ( email )

Calle Vasco de Quiroga 15
Tlalpan, Sección XVI
Ciudad de México, 14000
Mexico

HOME PAGE: http://bit.ly/YiWOgT

Cynthia Villarreal-Garza

Instituto Nacional de Cancerología México ( email )

Av. San Fernando No. 22, Col. Sección XVI
Mexico D.F., 14080
Mexico
525554859755 (Phone)

Pedro Rubini-Liedke

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul ( email )

Av. Paulo Gama, 110 - Bairro Farroupilha
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul 90480-004
Brazil

HOME PAGE: http://bit.ly/YiZDhT

Felicia Knaul (Contact Author)

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

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

Alejandro Mohar

Instituto Nacional de Cancerología México ( email )

Av. San Fernando No. 22, Col. Sección XVI
Mexico D.F., 14080
Mexico

HOME PAGE: http://www.incan.edu.mx/

Dianne Finkelstein

Harvard School of Public Health ( email )

677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://hvrd.me/Yj15ke

Paul Goss

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center ( email )

Boston, MA 02114
United States
6177262000 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.massgeneral.org/default.aspx

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