GENEVA, January 31 (Reuters / EP) –
Cancer patients in developing countries are denied basic relief from pain, often due to excessive fears of opiate abuse, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday.
Two thirds of industrialized countries have oral morphine, an opioid that is widely used to reduce severe pain, available in more than half of the pharmacies, against just 6% of poor countries. Cherian Varghese, WHO expert.
The UN agency is issuing new guidelines for medical offices around the world to address the pain that affects 55 percent of cancer patients and two-thirds of patients with advanced or terminal illnesses.
"No one, neither cancer patients nor cancer patients should live or die painfully in the 21st century," Dr. Lecturer explained. Etienne Krug, Director of WHO Non-Communicable Diseases. (…) these drugs circulate too loosely, there is a real and justified fear of it, but it must not be at the expense of those who live with pain or die of pain. "
The epidemic of overdose of opiates in the United States, caused by overpriced medical prescriptions, has claimed more than 49,000 lives last year, raising concerns about dependence on other sites.
The WHO guidelines prescribe stringent safety precautions for the use of addictive substances such as morphine, but say that it is "an essential treatment for moderate to severe cancer" in its oral varieties.
Every year, there are 18.1 million new cases of cancer in the world, and one in six deaths, about 9.6 million, is due to this disease, the WHO says in its fourth World Cancer Report. February