Breast cancer in Mexico: a growing challenge to health and the health system

Lancet Oncol. 2012 Aug;13(8):e335-43. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(12)70246-2.


Breast cancer is a major public health issue in low-income and middle-income countries. In Mexico, incidence and mortality of breast cancer have risen in the past few decades. Changes in health-care policies in Mexico have incorporated programmes for access to early diagnosis and treatment of this disease. This Review outlines the status of breast cancer in Mexico, regarding demographics, access to care, and strategies to improve clinical outcomes. We identify factors that contribute to the existing disease burden, such as low mammography coverage, poor quality control, limited access to diagnosis and treatment, and insufficient physical and human resources for clinical care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Breast Neoplasms / economics
  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated* / economics
  • Early Detection of Cancer
  • Female
  • Health Care Costs
  • Health Services Accessibility* / economics
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Mammography
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Mexico / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Preventive Health Services
  • Prognosis
  • Quality of Health Care* / economics
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Women's Health Services* / economics