¡BREAST CANCER! CAN IT BE CURED?
The early detection of breast cancer is helped by the finding of lesions in the early stages of the illness with the consequent lowering of the death rate in a group of 31.000 women over 50 years of age, compared with a control group. Together with the study of " Physical and Mammographics Exploration", this has served as a mark of reference for other investigative studies (BCDDP Sweden, Holland) although it has not demonstrated a significant benefit for women between the ages of 40 and 50 years.
As far a the death rate in concerned it depends whether the women with early breast cancer requires the correct conjugation of fundamental elements such as:
Identification of a group risk, the commited participation of qualified personnel and health professionals. Mammographicd equipment of excelent quality, Finance that will guarantee resources for the delopment of the plan. To the aforementioned must be added an ample program of Education and Difussion in the general population, not only to inform about the benefits of the program but also to teach the " Auto-examination of the Breasts" as some of the methods to achieve in early dignosis. The Anti.Cancer Society of Venezuela, by way of the Cancer Prevention Clinic of Caracas, has developed since 1993 a plan with the purpose of diagnosing early lessions of breast cancer, based on studies mentioned and recommendations from international institutions, which comprisse.
Annual Clínical Tests, Monthly auto examination of the breasts, a mammograph every year after the age of 50 years. Group control evaluated clinically every year in the clinics of Cancer Prevention in the interior of the country that do not possess a mammograph.
It is hoped to embrace a period of 5 years and with the posterior follow-up determine the impact of the death rate and disease rate, and in this way we can count with our own statistics adapted to our economic and social reality for the benefit of women.