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Looking into a mirror, Delia Barrios applies blush and lipstick -- she wants to look her best for her 102nd birthday celebration, when she will be surrounded by loved ones. Barrios is one of more than 2,000 people in impoverished Cuba who are 100 years old or older -- a reality that has piqued the interest of experts and led some to aim for even longer lives.When she was in her 60s, Barrios was diagnosed with colon cancer and told she had only a year to live.She defied the odds and then left Cuba in 1993, when the island nation was in the throes of a major economic crisis, for the United States, where her son lives.But two decades later, Barrios suffered several falls and her doctor said she could no longer live alone.THE '120 CLUB'There are currently 2,070 centenarians in Cuba out of a population of 11.2 million -- in a country where the average life expectancy is 79.5 years. Those figures are comparable to those in many wealthier nations, despite the fact that Cuba's average public salary is just $30 a month.Centenarians are venerated and get special attention.
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