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In Belize, Cancer deaths for period 2007-2011

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In 2008, global estimates of cancer were 12.4 million with over 7.6 million deaths. 
  • A large proportion occurred in low and middle income countries. With an expected one per cent increase per year, it is projected that by 2030 the cancer burden will increase to 26.4 million new cases of cancer and 17.0 million cancer deaths annually (IARC, 2008). 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In Latin America and the Caribbean America cancer is the second leading cause of death, with an estimated 480,000 deaths due to cancer in 2005 and overall cancer mortality rate of 107/100,000 (PAHO, 2008).
  • In the Caribbean breast cancer has been increasing with devastating increases in mortality rates in women in the Caribbean.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Cervical cancer rates have also been increasing in the Caribbean with rates in the year 2000 of 35 per 100,000 populations which is said to be three times high than rates in North America. 

  • The highest rates of prostate cancer in the Caribbean are said to occur in Barbados with 55 per 100,000 and Belize with a rate of 35 per 100,000 (PAHO/WHO, 2011). 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In Belize for the period 2007-2011 there were a total of 857 cancer deaths.  

  • Almost half of these, 418/857 (48.8%), occurred in persons less than 65 years of age-the active population.

  • Males and females are equally affected in terms of mortality, with different forms of cancer, accounting for 436 (51%) and 421 (49%) of cancer deaths respectively (MOH, 2013).  

DID YOU KNOW?

80 per cent of all cancers are attributable to environmental, dietary, social and cultural and environmental risk factors namely:

  • tobacco use, 

  • exposure to second hand smoke, 

  • diets in high in fat, processed foods, 

  • sedentary lifestyle, 

  • obesity, 

  • alcohol abuse and 

  • other factors.