The geographic proximity and large Hispanic populations in Florida and Puerto Rico have driven the formation of an academic partnership between the Ponce School of Medicine and Moffitt Cancer Center. The complementary expertise at both institutions provides a synergistic means of studying the cancer problem in Puerto Ricans, and in the Hispanic population in general. Effective working relationships between the leadership and investigators from both institutions are focused on four target areas: basic research; cancer education and training; outreach; and tissue procurement.
Cancer statistics are available at Departamento de Salud. Investigators can find general statistics but also statistics by cancer type. Scroll down to Hojas informativas de Estadísticas de Cáncer en Puerto Rico and click on the specific cancer type to see a map of Puerto Rico with the incidence and mortality by municipality.
This peer-reviewed journal article, published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers Prevention, Pinheiro, S. et al, 2009;18(8), concludes that substantial variability occurs among Hispanic subpopulations and that the increased risk for cancer among Cubans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans who move to the United States should be further studied.
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