Africa-Press – Angola. The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, yesterday appealed to women in Africa, in general, and in Angola, in particular, to carry out, on a regular basis, the early diagnosis of cancer, using self-examination and carrying out screening mammography, as a way to prevent the disease, whose probability of cure increases by 95 percent with timely and effective treatment.
“It is with great honor that I join the noble cause October Rosa, aimed at raising awareness and raising awareness of the world about the risks, diagnoses and ways of preventing breast cancer, a degenerative disease that victimizes women and men all over the world”, he declared in a message, on the occasion of the institutionalization of the month of October as one of reflection and solidarity with cancer victims.
João Lourenço also extended the appeal to men, since, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Angolan Institute for Combating Cancer (IACC), one percent of all breast cancer cases also affects this segment of the population.
“We must remain vigilant, making the practice of early diagnosis a tireless routine of awareness and reflection for life”, warned the Head of State, stressing that schools, universities, churches and Non-Governmental Organizations must join synergies to put an end to the spread of breast cancer within families, institutions and society.
Although Angola has recorded a significant reduction in the number of cases of the disease – from 1,492, in 2019, to 692, in the first half of 2022, the Head of State recognizes that there are still many challenges, such as the expansion of oncology services to all provinces, greater focus on specialized training of staff in oncology, as well as other policy instruments.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of deaths from cancer rose from 6.2 million in 2000 to 10 million in 2020. Estimates from the International Agency for Research on Cancer point to an increase in new cases of the disease by about 50 percent.