International conference on cooperation among Central and Western European countries in the sphere of oncology is ongoing in Bucharest, the capital city of Hungary. Ministry of Health reports that the delegation of Uzbekistan is attending the conference.
The conference being organized by the World Health Organization, Hungarian government and Ministry of Human Recourses of Hungary is being attended by around 200 representatives from 53 member states of the regional bureau for Europe of WHO. As has been noted in the opening of the conference, cancer is rising around the world. As a matter of fact, 15 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year, the number of deaths from this disease exceeds 9 million people. It is partly due to the growing population, atmosphere contaminated with toxic substances, genetically modified food, in particular, processed products and sedentary lifestyle.
Therefore, the disease has become a critically social concern for the world.
Unfortunately, this concern is of intense importance for Uzbekistan too. Currently, 96 thousand people suffering from cancer are recorded in our country. Over 20 thousand people are diagnosed with cancer every year.
Breast cancer is rated first followed by stomach cancer and uterine cancer is considered to be the third common one.
It is pitiful that more than half of cancer are determined too late in our country. For instance, in 2015, 50.9 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer was detected at the third or fourth stages of the disease. The first reason why the disease is usually detected at its end stages is citizens’ lack of knowledge of the oncologic diseases, which prevents them from approaching doctors on time, and the second reason is that doctors are not able to diagnose as they are devoid of oncologic awareness.
Measures such as bolstering the quality of specialized oncologic assistance, forming the system that covers all layers of the population are being prioritized to solve these issues in our country.
Establishing close collaboration with international organizations and leading clinics in a bid to foster the field and sharing experience with foreign specialists on a regular basis are being paid attention to. Participation of delegation of our country at this prestigious conference has become the pivotal stride on the way to international cooperation.