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Faltan datos de salud de los adolescentes

SEATTLE – Los datos pueden salvar vidas. Sin ellos, no sabríamos que fumar causa cáncer de pulmón y enfermedades coronarias, que usar casco reduce la mortalidad en los accidentes de motocicleta y que mejorar la educación de las mujeres aumenta la probabilidad de supervivencia de sus hijos (son sólo algunos ejemplos). Dada la importancia de contar con datos fiables, su recolección debe ser una alta prioridad.

Un área particular donde faltan datos adecuados es la salud de los adolescentes. Las personas de entre diez y 24 años de edad reciben mucha menos atención que otros grupos etarios, una omisión frecuente en las políticas sociales y sanitarias internacionales (tal como destaca la nueva comisión de The Lancet sobre el tema).

En muchos aspectos, nuestro futuro depende de la salud de los adolescentes. En los países de ingresos bajos y medios, hay más adolescentes que nunca antes. Y la salud que tengan hoy afectará su bienestar futuro y definirá su capacidad de ganarse la vida, engendrar y criar hijos sanos, cuidar de sus padres cuando envejezcan y conducir a sus países hacia la paz y la prosperidad.

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