World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day traditionally discusses how to overcome the disease and support patients. A round table was held at the Kyiv City Clinical Oncology Center, where doctors, representatives of public organizations and the pharmaceutical community spoke about the current situation with cancer in Ukraine, as well as joint efforts to combat the disease and support patients. The event was organized by the Main Department of Health of Kyiv, Kyiv City Clinical Oncology Center and Sanofi-Aventis Ukraine LLC. Today, cancer is one of the most common in the world. In Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Health, there are about 1 million patients registered with oncology institutions, and more than 160,000 new cases of cancer are registered annually. One in three men and one in five women are at risk of cancer, and up to 30% of patients are of working age. Many developed countries have similar rates, but the death rate from cancer there is much lower. According to Igor Sedakov, chief oncologist of Ukraine, this can be achieved in our country, as evidenced by positive trends in the fight against cancer - Mortality from malignant tumors in Ukraine has decreased, - said I. Sedakov, - This is facilitated by the fact that today the country has implemented and modern advanced technologies for cancer diagnosis and treatment are widely used. The number of modern medical equipment is growing, in particular linear accelerators, which allow irradiating tumors without damaging the surrounding tissues. An obstacle in the fight against cancer is that Ukrainians are not in a hurry for preventive examinations. Often people do not go to doctors for fear. Sanofi-Aventis Ukraine has joined the publication of the brochure "If a person close to you was diagnosed with cancer?". One of its authors, Christian Carrer, president of the AISM International Charitable Foundation, correspondent of the National Cancer Institute in Ukraine, said that success in treating patients depends not only on the effectiveness of drugs, but also on the support of relatives. However, not everyone knows how to help such a patient, how to properly communicate with him. From now on, the answers to these questions can be found in a brochure developed on the basis of the experience of French and domestic specialists, which can be found in oncology centers and hospitals. The participants of the round table also stressed the importance of cancer prevention.