Cancer is now the second leading cause of death in the Caribbean. Despite this growing burden, many
Caribbean small island nations have health systems that struggle to provide optimal cancer care for
A recently published paper "Cancer
Control in the Caribbean island countries and territories: some progress but the journey
continues" co-authored by Dr. Glennis Andall-Brereton, Senior Technical Officer for
Non-Communicable Diseases at CARPHA, reports “cancer causes a fifth of deaths in the Caribbean
region and its incidence is increasing.” The article further states that incidence and mortality
patterns of cancer in the Caribbean reflect globally widespread epidemiological transitions, and
show cancer profiles that are unique to the Region. This third paper in the Lancet Series “Cancer
Control in Small Island Nations
In the fourth paper of the Series, "Advancing cancer care and
prevention in the Caribbean: a survey of strategies for the region", Dr. Andall-Brereton and
others identify several promising initiatives to improve cancer prevention and treatment that have
emerged across CARICOM countries.
Both papers can be downloaded
Hilda Razzaghi, Damali N. Martin, Sarah Quesnel-Crooks, Yuling Hong, Edward Gregg, Glennis
Andall-Brereton, Vilma Gawryszweski, Mona Saraiya
Pan American Journal of Public Health
April 2019, Vol 43.
Hilda Razzaghi, Sarah Quesnel-Crooks, Recinda Sherman, Rachael Joseph, Betsy Kohler, Glennis
Andall-Brereton, Marsha A. Ivey, Brenda K. Edwards, Les Mery, Vilma Gawryszewski, Mona Saraiya.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)Weekly / December 16,
2016 / 65(49);1395–1400DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6549a3
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