In Uruguay, 8,000 people die each year from cancer


    In Uruguay, 8,000 people die annually from cancer.
In Uruguay, 8,000 people die annually from cancer.

The Honorary Commission for the Fight against Cancer celebrated its 30th anniversary and celebrated it with several authorities, including the Minister of Public Health, Jorge Basso.

In this context, the Commission presented the evolution of the country's main cancer indicators and presented the strategic lines of work for the coming years.

The numbers indicate that 8,000 people die in Uruguay each year and between 15 and 16,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed.

The numbers indicate that in developed countries 50% of those diagnosed do not die of this disease. And according to figures released by the Commission, Uruguay is very close to reaching that number.

From 2010 to 2014, period studied, 643 women died of breast cancer and 134 of cervical cancer, per year.


Commission President Álvaro Luongo stressed that much remains to be invested in clinical research, and that there is still a very vulnerable part of the population that these studies do not reach for early detection.

"We know that mammography has allowed the country to decline, not the incidence that continues to rise, but mortality from cancer," he said.

He added that "the challenge is that now all women are reached because they are still a group of women who do not have mammograms."

That is why one of the Commission's main challenges is to "continue investing in this, continue investing in knowledge".

Of those who do not go to these studies, he pointed out that "it is a population that does not take into account the need for this type of study for this type of study to control its disease," and that "it is a population we call vulnerable." "

"It has to do with a cultural factor and the Commission has to keep fighting to change that culture," he concluded.

He also said that in these 30 years, 16 million dollars were invested to install mammography machines, which were only 3 or 4 nationwide in the late 1980s.

In the case of men, lung cancer and prostate cancer are the most prevalent.


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