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2018-02-13   12:26:46   INGLÉS
Mexico shows advances in its fight against cancer

Mexico, Feb. 13 (Notimex).- Mexico has shown progress in its fight against cancer, and among them the most notable is the Law that approves the realization of a National Population-based Cancer Registry, according to a study of a British company.

The findings of the research carried out in 12 Latin American countries by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the sponsorship of Roche Latin America, indicates that Mexico has a modest performance in prevention and early detection.

Popular Insurance, programs for non-communicable diseases; the tax on sugary drinks; National initiatives for screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer, in addition to other measures, point to a more effective control of the disease, it said.

It indicates that Mexico also has good data on mortality, but it lacks Population-Based Cancer Registries, which could be solved with the National Cancer Registry that already collects data in the cities of Mérida, Guadalajara, Puebla and Monterrey.

Irene Mia, global editorial director of Reflection Leadership at The Economist Intelligence Unit, mentioned that with the launch of the National Program for Cancer Control there will be advances but the country "needs to work on the fragmentation of its health systems to improve the effectiveness of policies."

She also added that the obstacles in common with the region were the fragmentation of health systems, the disproportion between urban and rural areas, as well as between rich and poor areas, and the disparity in incidence and mortality.

The research highlighted that cancer is a relevant problem in Latin America, and that in Mexico it is the third cause of death, since in 2015 alone it was responsible for more than 79,000 deaths.

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