Every year, 100,000 people die from cancer, mainly because it was diagnosed too late, said oncology specialist Professor Cezary Szczylik in “Wstańsz i weekend”. He added that “170,000 people fall ill with this disease every year” and over a million of them live with cancer. According to him, over the years we have observed a “dramatic increase in the number of cases and a dramatic increase in the number of deaths.” – Children should be taught to pay attention to their own health from primary schools – he emphasized.
Professor, habilitated doctor of medical sciences Cezary Szczylik from the Postgraduate Medical Education Center – oncology specialist, head of the oncology department at the European Health Center Otwock – spoke in “Wzostasz i weekend” on TVN24 about the condition of Polish oncology. When asked which of the elements influencing it is crucial in the coming time, he replied that “it is the result of many factors that influence what happens with the care and treatment of an oncological patient.”
– The primary care physician is always such a frontman. Because whether we win this war, because it is a war, depends primarily on the time of detection and the moment of starting treatment – he emphasized. That’s why – he said – “we want this burden of educating and shaping mindfulness at the level of a general practitioner to be the most important emphasis at this stage: what to do to make this sieve for catching early cases work.”
Oncologist: There is a need to enter data. On the other hand, conversation is more important
When asked whether bureaucratic duties make it difficult for primary care physicians during a short visit, the expert said that they “actually dehumanize health care.” According to him, it happens “everywhere.” – However, everywhere, apart from Poland, in civilized countries where expenditures (on health care – ed.) are much higher, the doctor has support from a medical secretary sitting directly next to him – added Szczylik.
He emphasized that “this is not just a problem for the general practitioner.” The oncologist admitted that he also sees patients every day and has to enter all the details in the medical history. – Because if these elements are not completed by me, National health Fund will not bill the service. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to enter this data. On the other hand, talking to patients is probably more important, he said.
“Constantly growing trend” of cancer cases
The doctor pointed out that “estimated American data on human losses in the war in Ukraine for last year say that 70,000 soldiers died and 120,000 were wounded.” – Losses among the civilian population were much smaller – he noted.
– Nevertheless, if we compare it to Polish losses in the war against cancer, 100,000 people die from cancer every year, primarily because it was diagnosed too late. Year after year – emphasized Szczylik. – 170,000 people fall ill with this disease every year. But there are 120,000 people living with cancer who have been diagnosed and treated, he continued.
Szczylik also said that in Poland “we have a constantly growing trend” of cancer cases. – Over the course of the 1960s, this number increased by over 40 percent. This is a dramatic increase in the number of cases and a dramatic increase in the number of deaths, he said.
According to the oncologist, “children should be taught to pay attention to their own health from primary school.” – How to carefully monitor your health and what to do about it later, who to ask the right question and which path to take with diagnostics – he explained.
– It must also be said that there are few of us. There are less than a thousand oncologists. If we compare it with the numbers I am talking about, that 170,000 people fall ill every year, that well over a million people are under our care, then a thousand specialists are just a drop in the ocean of needs, he noted.
World Cancer Day. Doctors appeal – let’s get tested
February 4 is World Cancer Day. Doctors remind us about tests and warn us to also pay attention to an appropriate lifestyle, diet and physical activity.
Appropriate prevention focuses primarily on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, appropriate diet and physical activity. Doctors emphasize that carcinogenic factors, e.g. in relation to colorectal cancer, include: a high-calorie diet low in fruit and vegetables, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity and diabetes, as well as alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking. – A lot depends on us here. We can largely protect ourselves against cancer by changing eating habits, giving up stimulants, taking regular walks, and practicing sports, says Dr. Kamil Knut, a surgeon from Municipal Hospital No. 4 in Gliwice.
Cancer in its early stages may take the form of a “silent disease” – it does not hurt or cause any symptoms that are painful for the patient. – Here we should talk about colonoscopy. An examination that allows the doctor to carefully examine the intestine from the inside and, if a disturbing change is detected, allows for quick treatment, he noted.
International Cancer Day was established at the World Cancer Summit in February 2000 in Paris. The meeting adopted the Paris Charter, obliging the countries that signed it to create programs to prevent and treat cancer.
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