Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide; in 2012, 8.2 million deaths were attributed to it, according to figures from the World Health Organization. There are many ways in which this disease manifests itself; However, some experts dare to put a date to its end, this pathology continues to be one of the most important challenges of medical research. Many announcements about the discovery of a definitive cure are received with doubt and caution by the oncologists.
According to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), 40 percent of cancer cases diagnosed in South America could be prevented by regular check-ups and physical exercise, a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking and excessive drinking.
But among poor women, with lower levels of education and less access to information, the main problem is lack of prevention and control, which means women end up in the hospital with abnormal vaginal bleeding and advanced cancer of the cervix.
With the creation of this project South American Initiative will design programs and campaigns to promote information about how to prevent the most common cancer in women and men. And we will also provide proper help to most vulnerable communities.
Cancer can be cured, but many people relate this pathology with death. With a healthy life and with regular check-ups we can finally have a world where cancer won’t become the first cause of death.
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