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Cancer Research in Latin America

OLACPDThe National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Global Health (CGH) coordinates and facilitates NCI's international research activities in Latin America through collaborations with national health ministries, research institutions, and universities in the region. These collaborations provide the infrastructure to conduct and sustain high-quality cancer research throughout Latin America.



Fostering research collaborations across borders, cancer types, and disciplines

Building alliances to promote and enhance cancer research in Latin America



United States–Latin America Cancer Research Network (US-LA CRN)

Map of the Americas highlighting the six countries participating in the US-LA CRN: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, United States and Uruguay.
  • Building capacity
  • Training investigators
  • Conducting comprehensive research tailored to each country's public health needs

Global Cancer Research Affects American Lives

Addressing the cancer burden in the United States requires a comprehensive examination of its effects on all population groups—including U.S. Hispanic and Latin American people. Understanding cancer patterns in Latin American countries can help researchers, physicians and other health-related professionals accelerate progress against cancer globally.

Cancer incidence and mortality trends observed in Latin American populations resemble those observed in the U.S. Hispanic population. However, there is little research evidence to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of the ongoing immigration of individuals from Latin America to the United States. Based on present data, it is estimated that the U.S. Hispanic population will reach 59.7 million and represent approximately 19% of the U.S. population by 2020 and 29% by 20501


Graph depicting the upward trend in U.S. Hispanic population growth from 2000 to 2007 and projected growth to 2050. In 2000, the U.S. Hispanic population was 35.6 million, representing nearly 13% of the total U.S. population. In 2007, the U.S. Hispanic population rose to 45.5 million. It is expected to be 66.4 million in 2020 and 132.8 million in 2050, which will represent 31% of the projected total population of the United States.

1 Source:  PEW Hispanic Center, U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050