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Access to treatment of breast cancer is still uneven, says minister

According to Padilha, one must overcome regional inequalities so that more people have access to exams in the country

 
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Alexandre Padilha, Minister of Health, answers questions about the prevention and fight against breast cancer and cervical cancer program at Good Day Minister.
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Alexandre Padilha, Minister of Health, answers questions about the prevention and fight against breast cancer and cervical cancer program at Good Day Minister.

The Health Minister Alexandre Padilha said, on Friday (19), in interview on Good Morning minister, that the country has made progress in the fight against breast cancer and cervical cancer, but added that it is still necessary to overcome inequalities regional to more people, especially in the North and Northeast, have access to preventive screenings and treatment.

According to him, every year, 30 million are performed procedures and cancer treatments in the country, but access is still very uneven. The minister recalled that in addition to healthcare facilities, mobile units are available for performing mammograms in hard to reach places with less structure. The Mobile Mammography Program was created by decree signed earlier this month.

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of mammograms performed in Brazil increased 41% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year. According to Padilha, Brazil exist in mammography enough to do it twice more tests than necessary, priority in women aged above 50 years. The problem is that many appliances are not in use or are underutilized, according to the minister.

Regarding treatment, the ministry is investing in the purchase of linear accelerators, equipment used in radiotherapy. The minister said that an agreement will be signed not only for imports but also for technology transfer. The selected companies will undertake to set up factories in Brazil until 2015.

When producing the country, it reduces the cost. Fluctuations in exchange rates, the dollar will not interfere. In addition, there will be increasingly easy access, especially for so-called frontier equipment, the last line of treatment for cancer, he said.

Breast cancer does not occur only in women, although cases among men are outnumbered. According to estimates of the Inca, among males, are recorded 250 new cases per year.

With information <i> Agency Brazil </ i>

Source: Isaude.net
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Fernando Felippe
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21/10/2010 13:12:22
Ministro da Saude Alexandre Padilha esta de parabens pelo que vem fazendo por esse setor. O Brasil esta no caminho certo.Valeu, Padilha!!!
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