The National Cancer Registry, which operates in Merida and Guadalajara, will be extended to other “sentinel” cities, to have more information on cases and determine actions to reduce the incidence of the disease in the country, reported the Ministry of Health (SSA).
The coordinator of the Comprehensive Program for Cancer Prevention and Control in Mexico, Alejandro Mohar Betancourt, explained that it would also apply in Monterrey, Puebla, Campeche and Hermosillo.
The registry will be integrated with information from the National Basic Information System on health. That is, it will include data on applied treatment, follow-up of physicians, cure, incidence and survival, to know if what is done serves to reduce mortality.
It will allow to know how many types of cancer occur in Mexico per year, in what region, ages, gender, what happens in time – if it diminishes or increases -, how many new cases appear and in what regions, the official added.
Also, if studies such as mammograms or human papillomavirus (HPV) detection can reduce cases, make predictions, among other data that can be measured yearly, monthly and daily.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, he added that in 2012 around 120,000 cases were diagnosed, and according to data from the Public Health Magazine published this year, 196,000 cases are estimated.
Cancer in Mexico is the third leading cause of death, followed by diabetes and cardiovascular disease; And in the case of diabetes mellitus seems to be a risk cofactor for different tumors.
He warned that hence the need to better organize the health services of oncology and have a precise diagnosis, to know what is currently available and what is required for the coming years.