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Challenges to Bringing Personalized Medicine to a Low-Resource Setting in Peru

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Universidad Católica Los Ángeles de Chimbote, Instituto de Investigación, Chimbote 02804, Peru
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Department of Medical Genetics, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital, 0424 Oslo, Norway
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Independent Researcher, Lima Lima 39, Peru
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Department of Tumor Biology, Oslo University Hospital, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, 0379 Oslo, Norway
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1470; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18041470
Received: 27 November 2020 / Revised: 25 December 2020 / Accepted: 30 December 2020 / Published: 4 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cancer Disparities Among Rural Minority Populations)
We provide an overview of the challenges that low-resource setting cities are facing, including a lack of global implementation of cancer screening programs, accurate data and statistics that may aid the health authorities and guide future public health activities, as well as reorient strategies, interventions and budgets to promote lifestyles that help prevent disease. Current cancer care does not fully reflect ethnic, cultural, environmental and resource differences. Herein, we described a snapshot of the cancer mortality and morbidity from a hospital that cares a rural and low-income population from Peru, called Chimbote (316,966 inhabitants) and showed the limitation of access to oncological care and genetic services. The city is located in the region of Ancash, which is a department of Northern Peru. Of note, we identified a greater proportion of cancer cases than previously described, with a young age of onset and differential profile of the most frequent cancers. With the emergence of increasingly effective interventions, it becomes paramount that populations living in resource-limited settings have access to cancer services and participate in genetics and genomic research. View Full-Text
Keywords: precision medicine; low-resource setting; vulnerable population precision medicine; low-resource setting; vulnerable population
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Solis, N.; Zavaleta, E.; Wernhoff, P.; Dominguez-Barrera, C.; Dominguez-Valentin, M. Challenges to Bringing Personalized Medicine to a Low-Resource Setting in Peru. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1470. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18041470

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Solis N, Zavaleta E, Wernhoff P, Dominguez-Barrera C, Dominguez-Valentin M. Challenges to Bringing Personalized Medicine to a Low-Resource Setting in Peru. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(4):1470. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18041470

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Solis, Nelly, Elizabeth Zavaleta, Patrik Wernhoff, Constantino Dominguez-Barrera, and Mev Dominguez-Valentin. 2021. "Challenges to Bringing Personalized Medicine to a Low-Resource Setting in Peru" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 4: 1470. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18041470

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