The study looks in detail at the disease burden as well as the economic and social burden of lung cancer in the region. The Economist Intelligence Unit developed a model to provide insight into the economic impact of lung cancer in the 12 study countries in Latin America.
We also introduce a major tool for stakeholders seeking to understand the policy response to lung cancer: the Latin America Lung Cancer Traffic Lights. The traffic-light system assesses national policy approaches, and to some extent outcomes, in Latin America. The Economist Intelligence Unit performed a rapid literature review to identify key issues around lung cancer in Latin America. We then held an advisory board meeting with regional experts in order to determine on which key categories, called domains, to focus. Following the advisory board’s recommendations, we split the domains into three Priority Traffic Lights (those without which other progress would be impossible) and five Important Traffic Lights, which, while still crucial for successfully addressing the lung cancer challenge, were deemed less central than the Priority Traffic Lights.
The three Priority Lights are as follows: tobacco control, access, and early diagnosis. The Important Lights include the following five domains: treatment, non-curative services, non-tobacco prevention, information and advocacy, and data quality. The purpose of the traffic-light system is not to rank countries or single out countries performing less well. Rather, it will serve as the starting point for further discussion on policy progress and gaps that will be further explored in the white paper.
Click the 'Download Full Report' button to download a version of the report in English. The white paper (in Latin American Spanish), a video infographic summarising the key findings (in English and Latin American Spanish) and the Excel workbooks with the results and data for both the economic model and the policy traffic lights are available below.
Download the report in Spanish below.
Download the workbooks below with the full results and data for the Latin America Lung Cancer Traffic Lights and the workbook containing the results and data for the economic model.