In the fourth and final debate, the plenary of the Senate of the Republic approved a bill that guarantees that women victims of breast cancer have both breasts reconstructed.
The initiative, to which only the conciliation and presidential sanction, contemplates a comprehensive treatment for women, also granting them psychological and social support, as well as specialized medical examinations and consultations.
According to figures from the Cancer Institute, between the diagnosis and the start of the first treatment, patients with breast cancer they wait up to 59 days to be seen. For this reason, the project is committed to priority attention in order to save more lives.
“What we are looking for is that women can access both prostheses in the shortest possible time, without so much paperwork, after having fought against this disease that takes so many lives in the country, “explained Representative Juan Fernando Reyes, from the Liberal Party.
It is also indicated that, to guarantee comprehensive cancer care, the responsible entities will promote a service of simple, agile and efficient way.
According to estimates from the cancer database, Globocan, in 2020 more than 2 million women were diagnosed with this pathology and, in Colombia, the figure exceeded 15 thousand women. Likewise, it represented the main cause of cancer death in women in the country, with an age-adjusted mortality rate estimated for Colombia of 13 deaths in women per 100,000 inhabitants.
“Let’s remember that breast cancer is the most common, deadliest and most tutored in the countryThat is why it was more than necessary to promote this law, “said the congressman.