Today, February 4, is World Cancer Day an initiative initiated in 2000 by the World Health Organization to support the fight of those affected by this chronic disease and create awareness among the population.
Currently around 8.2 million people die from cancer every year worldwide and about half of them die prematurely, that is between age 30 and 69. The lack of awareness and preventive approaches might could bring this number to 11 million in 10 years, according to Wordlcancerday.org.
Treatments for cancer represent around 19 percent of the insurance company expenses in medical fees, said The Mexican Association of Insurance Companies to El Economista in 2015. Breast cancer is the most commonly cover and pancreatic and bone marrow cancer are the two more expensive.
According to AMIS, there are diseases that become catastrophic and exceed the MX$1 million medical expenses. 37 percent of these diseases are cancer.
The top five killer cancers for Mexican men are prostate, lung, liver & biliary passages, stomach, and liver. For Mexican women, breast, uterus, liver & biliary passages, cervix uteri and liver are the main killers.
According to the WHO, 30 percent of deaths caused by cancers can be traced back to five factors: high BMI, insufficient fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, alcohol consumption and tobacco use, which suggest a wider prevention and awareness approach from health institutions.