Опасные мифы о раковых заболеваниях

ЖЕНЕВА – В этом году Всемирный день борьбы с раком будет посвящен в первую очередь тому, чтобы развеять вредоносные мифы об этой болезни. Тема – иллюстрируемая слоганом «Рак ‑ а вы об этом знали?» ‑ предлагает возможность поразмышлять об истинных последствиях рака и укрепить усилия по его профилактике и лечению во всем мире.

Один из бытующих мифов гласит, что рак в первую очередь является проблемой развитых стран. И хотя это правда, что рак является широко распространенным заболеванием в богатых странах, люди в беднейших странах теряют из-за него множество лет своей жизни. В то время как медицинские достижения и технологические разработки помогли больным раком в странах с высоким уровнем дохода жить дольше – до такой степени, что некоторые формы рака фактически стали хроническими заболеваниями – те же больные в странах с низкими доходами по-прежнему умирают молодыми.

Это не только несправедливо, но и глубоко трагично. После победы над такими убийцами, как малярия и СПИД, никто не должен раньше времени погибать от рака – особенно тех его форм, которые можно было бы предупредить при помощи чего-то максимально доступного и простого, например с помощью вакцины.

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