Minsa seeks to promote early detection of childhood cancer


The Minister in charge of Health, Ivette Berrios, pointed out that “cancer is one of the pathologies with the highest percentage in children and adolescents.” In the José Renan Esquivel Children’s Hospital, 57 cases of cancerous pathologies are received annually, which worries health authorities, since mortality has been increasing and constitutes the main cause of death by disease in the ages of 5 to 19 years with 120 deaths (2018).

Minsa seeks to promote early detection of childhood cancer

In the children’s hospital they treat an average of 57 new cases of cancer in children. Photo: Courtesy

Early detection and timely care for suspected cancer in children and young people can make the difference between life and death; For this reason, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) and the Social Security Fund (CSS) with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today launched the official guides to detect the disease early.

The Minister in charge of Health, Ivette Berrios, pointed out that “cancer is one of the pathologies with the highest percentage in children and adolescents.” In the José Renan Esquivel Children’s Hospital, 57 cases of cancerous pathologies are received annually, which worries health authorities, since mortality has been increasing and constitutes the main cause of death by disease in the ages of 5 to 19 years with 120 deaths (2018).

“These guidelines have been the result of hard work by a team of professionals (doctors, nurses, oncologists and pediatricians) who have contributed their knowledge and support for their realization,” said the minister.

This plan has been devised with the aim of reducing mortality and morbidity in children and adolescents as well as being a training tool for doctors and nurses within the first and second level for more effective care. Additionally, it would allow timely referral of cases to centers that have specialized human resources, infrastructure, and technology to provide a better service.

With information from Nancy Pretto.

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