Madrid (EFE).- Queen Letizia has made an appeal this Thursday to provide “really” with sufficient resources for cancer prevention, by ensuring that if there is greater knowledge about the disease, “better decisions” will be made to combat it.
Doña Letizia has launched this message at the presentation in Madrid of the “Todos contra el cáncer” campaign, promoted by the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) on the occasion of the world day against this pathology, which is commemorated every February 4.
“Prevention has to do with the conscious decisions that we make in our day to day and in our way of life according to the knowledge we have. Therefore, the greater the knowledge of health, the better decisions we will make”, the queen said at the ceremony held at the Royal Tapestry Factory, where she was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias.
Act together so that the disease recedes
The queen, honorary president of the AECC, has indicated that health, both physical and mental, must be a “priority”, and in the case of cancer, she has remarked that “it is a real problem, very worrying and of enormous complexity.”
It has encouraged acting together to ensure that the disease “retreats, that fewer and fewer people get sick, that survival increases, the financing of research, as well as early detection and the improvement of patient care in all dimensions .
Doña Letizia has also demanded that palliative care be implemented “in a complete and equitable way” and that “prevention be truly provided with sufficient resources.”
“Because it is one of the most powerful tools against cancer,” he has emphasized on preventive measures.
In the presence of some 150 guests, including representatives of parties, companies, scientific societies and social entities, the queen has asked to continue addressing the fight against cancer “in a serious and effective way” to “together add wills and individual and social commitments and add ideas.
The challenge of 70% survival
According to the AECC, in Spain there will be around 330,000 new cancer patients this year, which means a diagnosis every 1.8 minutes.
The “All Against Cancer” campaign claims the goal of reaching 70 percent survival among cancer patients by 2030, estimating that one in two people will have cancer during their lifetime.
The president of the entity, Ramón Reyes, has considered the 70 percent challenge feasible, for which he has agreed with the queen on the need to promote “maximum” research and increase funds for prevention, early detection and patient care. patient.
Reyes has pointed to tobacco as “the number one enemy of health” in Spain, which is why he has stressed the importance of eradicating this habit.
In a year with a double electoral appointment, the person in charge of the AECC has called on the parties to approve an anti-smoking law with more severe measures that prevent Spain from continuing to be “the tobacconist of Europe” due to the low prices of packs compared to other European Union countries.