Fight breast cancer

Issste calls on its affiliates to take the test

On World Cancer Day, which was commemorated the day before yesterday, the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (Issste) called on its affiliates over 40 years old – with or without a history of the disease – to carry out studies of diagnosis, which allow its detection in early stages in which it can be curable.

According to Issste data, in the world breast cancer is the second most frequent neoplasm in the population, with an estimated 1.67 million new cases diagnosed per year, and represents 25% of cancer cases in women. It is also the leading cause of death from malignant tumors in women in developing countries, and the second leading cause in developed nations.

In Mexico every year 20,000 new cases of women with breast cancer are reported, with an incidence of 35.4 events per 100,000 women.

In a statement, Martha Eugenia Montemayor Curiel, medical deputy delegate of the Issste, highlighted that the institute has a network of multidisciplinary services that is offered to patients in the specialties of medical oncology, surgery, oncological radiology, reconstructive surgery, nutrition, psychology and psychiatry .

The last two are relevant, he explained, because care for beneficiaries with breast cancer deserves sensitivity to assist them humanely and emotionally, from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation or, where appropriate, during the stage of the disease’s progress.

For this reason, in the Issste, directed by Luis Antonio Ramírez Pineda, there are support networks in different hospitals, such as the “Ave Fénix” group of the CMN “20 de Noviembre”, which for seven years has been helping patients “out of consultation ”With these services:

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In a classroom, and in a more relaxed environment, psychologists, thanatologists, rehabilitation physiotherapists, geneticists and oncologists from the Institute and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) provide information and tools for them to face the different stages of the disease.

“We listen to their stories and experiences, and we accompany them in the fight to preserve their quality of life,” he explained.

The doctor urged to create awareness in the female population to generate the habit of monthly self-examination of the breasts from the age of 22, and that an annual mammogram study be carried out, from 40 onwards, especially women with a history relatives of the disease, and after 40 years, women without genetic risk factors.

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