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Mammograms do not reach "the most vulnerable sectors"



Posted: 11/12/2018 12:26

In Uruguay, about 8,000 people die of cancer every year and 16,000 cases are diagnosed.

In the case of the 30th anniversary of the Honorary Committee on Cancer, the President of the Agency Álvaro Luongo highlighted the progress of mammography studies in these three decades, but acknowledged that there are risks to the population. that they are difficult to reach.

"It is a more vulnerable population and a particular cultural structure," said Luongo, noting that efforts are being made to ensure that women in this field know the importance of taking Papp smear and mammography.

He said mammography is one of the committee's key advances. "When we started, we had five mammograms, today we have over 20," he said adding that $ 16 million was invested.

Cervical cancer is also one that causes more deaths in Uruguay, but it has the same problems that Luongo has recognized with breast cancer. "The cervix is ​​a difficult point to reach," he said.

In the case of men, lung cancer and prostate cancer are the most prevalent. The authorities recognized the work done in the fight against tobacco consumption. Lucía Delgado, vice-chair of the committee, said about 300,000 Uruguayans have stopped smoking.

"Anyway, we need to reduce other tobacco that also produces cancer," said Luongo.

In Uruguay, about 8,000 people die of cancer every year and 16,000 cases are diagnosed. "We have recovered 50%, it is a number that have developed countries," he said.


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