The marketing campaign joins APMGF and other organizations and institutions on the event of World Lung Cancer Day
As half of the celebration of World Lung Cancer Day, which was recorded on 1 August, Astrazeneca, with the help of associations similar to APMGF, and teams associated to Pulmonology, along with the testimony of António Araújo, director of Medical Oncology of the Centro Hospitalar. Universitário de São João, depart a warning for individuals to know what can occur resulting from the illness and take the examination even throughout the summer time holidays. In addition, they take the alternative to precise their want to develop lung most cancers screenings in Portugal.
According to António Araújo, “we noticed the delay and failure of the National Health Service (SNS) in phrases of entry to main and emergency medical care, which is of course mirrored in the delay in the prognosis”.
The skilled additionally stated that “it’s regular that in the holidays there’s a delay in discussions and exams. Because there are numerous issues in the SNS in phrases of Imaging, Radiology and Interventional Radiology, which is essential in the prognosis of lung most cancers and usually causes delays in performing exams in time. So, it is solely pure that issues worsen throughout the holidays.” It is essential to acknowledge the indicators and signs, and throughout this vacation, particularly as a result of “lung most cancers is commonly confused with other illnesses”, that are associated to the kind of signs: cough, sputum, shortness of breath, “related to severe illnesses”.
Although smoking continues to be the main trigger of lung most cancers, the prevalence of the illness in non-people who smoke is a serious public well being downside, in response to the skilled.
“Many individuals, and even, in some circumstances, the household medical doctors, find yourself interested by what occurs continuously and neglect to place the chance of lung most cancers into the equation. Which results in a delay in prognosis.” And, the physician remembers that: “In illnesses which have a foul prognosis, the extra superior the stage, that’s, the extra superior the tumor, the shorter the affected person’s life.” This is why you will need to inform about the illness as quickly as potential, to extend the probabilities of survival”.
António Araújo additionally emphasizes that “with the new medicine which have come out, we can provide our sufferers extra time and high quality of life. With the introduction of focused therapies, we’ve got been capable of enhance the survival fee of circumstances with molecularly treatable lesions, which account for 25-30% of individuals with lung most cancers. ” Added to those new therapeutic instruments is “immunotherapy, which was a breakthrough and a paradigm shift in the remedy of lung most cancers”.
The oncologist additionally defends, for early prognosis, that it’s time to make a screening in Portugal for lung most cancers. “There is already scientific proof that helps the implementation of one screening program. Since early prognosis is a serious software to enhance the high quality of life of our sufferers, screening could be an essential software for early detection of sufferers, and can be utilized to encourage smoking cessation.”
The consciousness marketing campaign additionally consists of the National Association of Pharmacies (ANF), the Portuguese Association of General and Family Medicine (APMGF) and the Portuguese Society of Pulmonology (SPP), with the help of Rede de Expressos.