500,000 cancer cases
The director of the Rosa Emilia Tavares National Cancer Institute, Dr. Catalina Gonzalez Pons says that studies show that 500,000 people have been diagnosed with cancer in the Dominican Republic and that 13,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. She said the most common types of cancer are breast, uterine and cervical, prostate, lung, colon, and head and neck.
She expressed concern about the large number of breast cancer cases diagnosed in women under the age of 35.
Dr. Gonzalez advised people to quit smoking to reduce the incidence of mouth, pharynx and respiratory tract cancer. She also advised making changes from sedentary lifestyles and eating habits that lead to obesity, and to reduce the use of hormones that are linked to breast cancer.
Dr. Gonzalez said the new national cancer hospital has the capacity to see more than 1,500 patients a day.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
June 1, 2015
Category: DR News |