Every year, 8,000 people die from cancer in Uruguay

    Every year, 8,000 people die from cancer in Uruguay.
Every year, 8,000 people die from cancer in Uruguay.

The honorable commission for the fight against cancer celebrated its 30th anniversary, marking it together with various authorities, including Public Health Minister Jorge Basso.

In this context, the Commission presented the development of the main cancer indicators of the country and presented strategic guidelines for the coming years.

Figures show that 8000 people die annually in Uruguay, a diagnosis of between 15 and 16,000 cancer cases.

Figures show that in developed countries 50% of those who are diagnosed do not die from this disease. And given the figures published by the Commission, Uruguay is very close to achieving this figure.

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


Commission President Álvaro Luongo stressed that there is still much to invest in clinical research and that it is still a very fragile part of the population that these studies do not reach for early detection.

"We know that mammography has allowed the country to decrease, but not the frequency that is still increasing, but cancer mortality," he said.

He added that "it is a challenge to reach all women now, because still and a group of women who do not get mammography".

Therefore, one of the main challenges of the Commission is "to continue investing in this, to continue investing in knowledge".

For those who fail to achieve these studies, he emphasized that "the population did not take into account the need for this type of study for this type of study to control its illness" and that "a population called the vulnerable"

"This is linked to a cultural factor and the Commission must fight to change this culture," he concluded.

He also said that over the past 30 years, they invested $ 16 million to install mammographic machines that were only 3 or 4 in the country at the end of the 1980s.

Men are the most common lung cancer and prostate cancer.

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