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Cancer Prevention In Latin America Could Help Inform Prevention Strategies For Latino Population In U.S.

The Hill: Cancer prevention in Latin America also serves us here
Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, and Eric T. Rosenthal, independent journalist and founder of the National Cancer Institute’s Designated Cancer Centers Public Affairs Network

“With the proposed federal cutbacks in medical research, global health, and diplomacy, it falls to other resources to continue critically needed programs and services that must forge ahead rather than fall backward or be abandoned. … There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the cancer problem. Latin Americans and Americans of Latino or Hispanic heritage are not a genetically homogeneous group and different nations have various challenges related to dealing with cancer prevention and treatment. But by working together, sharing experiences, and exploring solutions, we can learn more about what works or doesn’t, and much of that information has implications for serving the growing Latino population in the United States, as well. … We don’t expect to be able to prevent all cancers, but we hope that our [March 29 Concordia-hosted roundtable discussion on cancer prevention, screening, and early detection in Latin America at Miami Dade College] will be the beginning of a Pan-American effort to work collaboratively to identify common issues and develop specific strategies to prevent or reduce cancer incidence, or find it at an earlier, treatable stage” (3/20).

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