The early detection of any kind of cancer is vitally important for at least three reasons: it offers a diagnosis and treatment opportune, allows an increase in the Life expectancy and makes the treatment cost of cancer is less.
This implies that when it is detected in the first phasesits impact is lower than when it is detected in more advanced stages and those who suffer from it can continue to be productive at work and support their families if they receive timely treatment.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO)cancer is the main death cause Globally, in 2020 alone almost 10 million cases were reported. deaths by this disease, which reflects the urgency to act as soon as possible.
In order to contribute to the early cancer detection – which is also one of the main causes of mortality in Mexico–, AstraZeneca and the Mexican Society of Public Health launch the project DIMO “Timely detection near you”which seeks to make people aware of the early detection of different types of cancer.
Cancer detection through screening
Through a mobile unit that will visit 24 headquarters of various entities of the Mexican Republic, it will be sought that people have access to screening that helps early detection to identify any abnormalitieswhich contributes to reducing the possibility of the cancer spreading and thereby increasing the chances of treating it or even eradicating it.
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As of May 19, the DIMO mobile unit is present in: Mexico City, State of Mexico, Nuevo León, Jalisco and Puebla, in which risk factor questionnaires and screening tests will be applied, such as: low dose chest tomography (TCBD) and prostate specific antigen test (PSA).
In a first stage, DIMO will include tests for the early detection of lung cancer y prostate cancer, two of the most frequent and with high mortality rates in Mexico. This initiative is expected to benefit more than two thousand people throughout 2022.
The dates and times of the next locations of the DIMO mobile unit “Timely detection near you” will be available in the social networks of the Mexican Society of Public Health AC
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“We are very excited to join efforts in favor of raising awareness about the importance of timely detection of this disease. It is a unique public health initiative that allows us to strengthen our commitment to the general population to eradicate cancer as a cause of death”
— Doctor Alberto Hegewisch, medical director of AstraZeneca
“Starting DIMO ‘Timely detection near you’ in alliance with AstraZeneca gives us the opportunity to continue influencing the health of the Mexican population, through awareness strategies y disease Control that have become real public health problems such as cancer, a disease that in 2020 caused 97 thousand 323 deaths from malignant tumors in our country”, explained Dr. Jesús Felipe González, president of the Mexican Society of Public Health.