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

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

The honorable Cancer Committee celebrated its 30th anniversary and reminded her of a number of different authorities, including Jorge Basso, Public Health Minister.

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

Numbers show that 8,000 people die in Uruguay every year and 15 to 16,000 cancers are diagnosed.

Data shows that in developed countries 50% of those diagnosed do not die from this disease. And, according to the numbers published by the Commission, Uruguay is very close to reaching this figure.

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


Commission President Álvaro Luongo pointed out that a lot of work remains in clinical research and that there is still a very vulnerable part of the population that these studies do not reach early detection.

"We know mammography has allowed the country to leave, not the incidence that is increasing, but the mortality rate for cancer," he said.

He added that "the challenge is to now get to all women, because even a group of women who do not get mammography."

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

Those who did not reach these studies pointed out that "it is a population that did not take into account the need for this type of study for this type of study to control their illness" and that "it is a population we call vulnerable"

"It has to do with the cultural factor and the Commission must continue to fight for the change of this culture," he concluded.

He also said that over the last 30 years, $ 16 million had been invested in the installation of mammography devices, which were only 3 or 4 in the late 1980s.

In men, lung cancer and prostate cancer are the most common.

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