The Parliamentary Group of Morena pointed out that according to figures from the civil association Grupo Reto in Coahuila, the cases of women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer increased 30 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The demand for drugs and medical resources to fight cancer also increased.
For this reason and through a point of agreement, they urged the State Secretary of Health to intensify the permanent campaigns for the prevention and protection of breast cancer. They requested that this be carried out jointly with all the agencies that are in charge of treating and preventing said disease. They also asked for the implementation of adequate monitoring of the psychological impact among patients who suffer from it.
Before the Plenary of the State Congress, the local deputy Laura Francisca Aguilar Tabares explained that the early detection of breast cancer continues to be the cornerstone of the fight against this disease.
“When it is detected early, an adequate diagnosis is established and a treatment is available where the chances of cure are high. On the other hand, when it is detected late, it is rare that a curative treatment can be offered ”, he said.
He commented that each year there are 1.38 million new cases and 458
thousand deaths in the world from breast cancer. In Mexico, he cited that this disease represents one of the main causes of death in women. He mentioned that in 2019, for every 100,000 women aged 20 years or older, 35.24 new cases of breast cancer were reported. At the national level, the mortality rate from breast cancer is 17.19 deaths per 100,000 women aged 20 years or older.
The legislator cited sources from the WHO, the National Institute of Public Health, INEGI and the State Health Secretariat, among others. “It is essential that health professionals know and understand the mental needs of patients diagnosed with breast cancer since the emotional state directly influences the process of coping and recovery.”