The Honorary Commission for Fighting Cancer celebrated its 30th anniversary and commemorated it with various authorities, including the Minister of Public Health, Jorge Basso.
In this context, the Commission presented the evolution of the main cancer indicators in the country and presented strategic directions of work for the coming years.
The figures show that 8,000 people die in Uruguay yearly and are diagnosed with between 15 and 16,000 cancer cases.
Data show that in developed countries, 50% of people diagnosed do not die from this disease. According to the numbers announced by the Commission, Uruguay is very close to reaching this figure.
In the period from 2010 to 2014, 643 women who died from breast cancer and 134 cervical cancer per year were examined.
The President of the Commission, Álvaro Luongo, pointed out that much remains to be invested in clinical trials and that there is still a very sensitive part of the population whose research does not reach for early detection.
"We know that mammography has allowed the country to collapse, not the incidence that is still growing, but mortality from cancer," he said.
He added that "the challenge is to reach all women now, because there are still groups of women who do not receive mammography".
That is why one of the main challenges of the Commission is "to continue investing in investing in knowledge".
For those who did not achieve this, he pointed out that "it is a population that did not take into account the need for this kind of research for this kind of research to control its disease" and that "it's a population we call vulnerable"
"It has to do with a cultural factor, and the Commission must continue to fight to change this culture," he concluded.
He also said that during those 30 years, 16 million dollars were invested in the mammography machines, which in the late 1980s were only 3 or 4 across the country.
In the case of men, the most common are lung cancer and prostate cancer.