In this study, data from 12 Central and South American countries published in the framework of the Mexican Society of Oncology meeting showed that 99% of cases of lung cancer in Mexico were in Phase 3 or 4, 85%.
Irene Mia, International Editor-in-Chief, EIU, pointed out that there are not enough data or registries in Latin America in relation to this type of cancer, and focused on identifying three priority areas in the health care policy for cancer management . Tobacco, approach and early diagnosis.
Health professionals working with this study have found that the stigma of this type of cancer is a barrier to the dedication of more specific policies and resources in relation to other types of cancer.
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Dr. Oscar Arrieta, director of the National Cancer Institute (INCan) Lung Cancer Therapy Department, believes that a smoker is suffering from this disease and that smoking is an addiction, It was not enough. "
Although smoking is still the main cause of lung cancer, 40% is due to non-related causes such as arsenic (arsenic), air pollution, and the use of wood as fuel in the kitchen.
In Mexico, this type of cancer is not covered by the Seguro Popular insurance, which provides coverage for more than 40% of the population without private insurance or social security, which contributes to boosting the country's status at the lowest levels of the country . Tobacco control, access and early diagnosis.
In Latin America, 60,000 people die of lung cancer each year, and in 2010, 10,000 new cases were diagnosed in Mexico. According to Arrieta, this number is expected to increase 20,000 times by 2025. "Mortality is very similar".
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Ricardo Pérez Cuevas, director of research at the National Institute of Public Health, said the study reflects a challenge to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. In the United States, there is no single answer to this question. Latino
Pérez Cuevas says the Mexican Health Foundation and the National Public Health Institute will propose to the Mexican authorities for proposals based on costs related to lung cancer prevention and smoking at INCan in Mexico.
"We hope that the lung cancer treatment policy is stable, has the necessary background, and can improve the accessibility and effectiveness of treatment," the expert concluded.