Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
ESCOBAR, María Cristina et al. Myths on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in Latin America. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2000, vol.42, n.1, pp. 56-64. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342000000100011.
Given the increase of the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD) and the possibility to avoid it, it is urgent to implement or strengthen NCD preventive programs in Latin America. However, many myths hinder the implementation of NCD programs. Myths on NCD include: a) NCD are degenerative and incurable; b) they are diseases of the elderly; c) they are diseases of the rich. Like wise there are myths about NCD preventive programs are: a) difficult to implement, b) expensive, and c) ineffective. We present data that demonstrate how these myths are untrue and discuss the challenges to find a balanced health policy that emphasizes the importance of NCD without overlooking other diseases.
Keywords : non-communicable diseases [prevention and control]; Latin America.