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Cancer is emerging as a major public health crisis in South Asia. This dramatic escalation in cancer incidence is partly due to South Asia’s exploding population–specifically, India’s population of one billion accounts for a substantial percentage of South Asia’s total population. Cervical and breast cancer combined constitute 54 percent of all cancers in Indian women. The highest absolute numbers of cervical cancer cases occur in Asia. In India, an estimated 132,000 new cases, or more than one-fourth of the world-wide total, are reported annually.

Reports on cervical cancer incidence have the highest rates—typically above 25 per 100,000 women—in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South and East Asia. Studies also show that fewer than one in four women with the disease in Uganda are still alive five years after diagnosis, compared with 30-50% in India, 50-60% in Thailand and China, and 60-75% in the developed world as a whole. In Kampala, Uganda there has been a doubling of breast cancer incidence from the late 1960’s to late 1990’s. In Africa only 20% of patients in need have access to radiotherapy, and 30 countries in Africa and Asia have no radiotherapy services at all.
Why Cambodia?
Cambodia is one of the poorest nations of the world where there has been a sharp increase in the incidence of Breast and Cervical cancer.
Majority of those afflicted with cancer present at advanced incurable stages of disease.
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Why Brazil?
Brazil reports a high incidence of Breast and Cervical cancer, large segments of the population particularly in a rural setting have limited access to health care. There is no widespread organized screening program in place.

An estimated 49.27 new cases of breast cancer per 100,000, 18.47 new cases of cervical cancer per 100,000 and 6.89 new cases of endometrial cancer and 1.19 new cases of ovarian cancer per 100,000 are reported each year.
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Why India?
In recent years a tremendous spike has been observed in the incidence of Breast and Cervical cancers in both urban and rural areas. The cancer atlas of India released in 2005 demonstrated that North Goa had one of the highest incidences of breast cancer. A lack of cancer registry the problem may be underreported. India accounts for one fourth of the global incidence of new cases of cervical cancer.
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Why Angola?
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