Cost of Cancer Treatment in Latin America and Future Challenges

The global economic cost of new cancer cases in 2009, including medical and non-medical costs, lost productivity, and the cost of cancer research, is estimated to have amounted to at least $ 286 billion. (1)Economist Intelligence Unit. Breakaway: the global burden of cancer— challenges and opportunities, 2009. http://www.livestrong.Org/pdfs/GlobalEconomicImpact (accessed Aug 14, 2012).

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Cancer Treatment in the Urban and Rural Sector in Latin America

The WHO defines urban, rural and remote areas by the characteristics of the settlements, such as population density and accessibility to urban areas. (1)WHO. Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention. Http://www.who.int/hrh/retention/guidelines/en/index.html (accessed Sept 22, 2012).

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