The alert was put by Dr. Lina Triana, president of the Colombian Association of Scientific Societies, who qualified in Snail Radio the numbers on the examinations of the most common cancers in the country as “dramatic”.
Those figures on Cancer, according to Triana, show that last year only 10% of Pap smears were done, which is the test used to detect early cervical cancer, the first cancer in the country.
As well, only 20% of mammograms were done, which detect breast cancer early; only 30% of colonoscopies, colon and rectal cancer screening, and only 40% of bone marrow biopsies, test that detects cancers in the blood, such as leukemia.
“This means that cancer is not gone in our country. He COVID-19 did not cure cancer“Triana assured the station. “It means that Colombians, doctors, have not realized that we possibly have this incipient cancer there, beginning.”
“And what does that mean?” Triana wondered, and replied: “Well, When we discover it, when we already have symptoms or when we already have the exam, there will no longer be a beginning cancer, but a more advanced cancer. And this has very important consequences in how I as an individual am going to face that cancer with the consequences or the things that it can leave me, and also in the care of that cancer to make more complicated treatments.
Asked by journalist Darcy Quinn – who was the one who described the situation that Triana warns as the preamble to a “cancer pandemic” – about If that’s because people have been afraid to make appointments and take exams, or if it is because medical services have not been available because they are focused on treating the pandemic, or because many doctors have also stopped going to work, Triana replied:
“Not necessarily not even the doctors. Because the easiest thing is, first, to blame the citizen: They did not return to the doctor because they were afraid of it. The message was: ‘Stay home.’ For this reason, the National Government changed the message: the idea is that they go to the doctor to work on health promotion and prevention ”, he explained.
He added that in Colombia we all have the right to health, “but the problem is access to health”. Now, with COVID-19, “the access is abused more, because at this moment we are diverting everything that is not urgent to leave the services free in order to attend to COVID patients,” Triana warned.