Integrated National Cancer Prevention and Control Plan in Mexico

Mexico’s health system developing  cancer research and control system with the help of international Automatic Energy Agency (IAEA) which brought together a team of international experts from the IAEA, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Union for International Cancer Control. This would strengthened Mexico’s cancer care capacities and needs in  and highlighted where services can be . The experts visited public and private facilities within the main institutions in the national health system, including the Mexican Social Security Institute, the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers, and the Ministry of Health as well as academics and representatives of civil society.

“The recommendations will improve access to cancer care,” said Abelardo Meneses Garcia, Director General of the National Cancer Institute (INCan). “Although our health system is somewhat breakup , improvements are being made in the delivery of health care, such as in the collection of cancer information through a population-based registry which was established a year ago.”

According to a survey done by IARC, an estimated 190 000 Mexicans will develop cancer in 2018 with over 83 000 dying from the disease. These figures are expected to increase by 44 and 51 percent, respectively, by 2030. Mexico’s most common causes of cancer deaths are prostate and lung in men and breast and cervical cancer in women.
The team of experts reviewed all components of cancer control including planning, registration and surveillance, prevention and early detection, diagnostics, treatment and Sedative care as well as radiation safety and security of radioactive sources in medical facilities and the role of civil society.
The experts nominated by the IAEA and our partners. They provide the evidence and recommendations needed to assist the Ministry of Health and the National Cancer Institute to formulate next steps to address Mexico’s cancer burden Outcomes.
The experts provided a number of additional recommendations for consideration. These included Strengthen coordination among institutions in the national health system to improve cancer information and patient access to diagnosis and treatment services nationwide by enabling, among others, cancer care planning and collaboration among health providers at the State level.
Increase the number of PET/CT, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units and review their locations to improve nationwide reach to the public .
Standardize audits of diagnostic services to meet the same levels of quality.
Revise clinical treatment guidelines.
Formulate a National Radiotherapy Development Plan, involving all institutions in the national health system.
Prioritize training in medical physics and Sedative care.
Essential Drugs and the Essential Package of Palliative Care as the minimum standard of Reach countrywide.
Ensure diagnostic reference levels, dose constrains and patient release criteria for radiation safety.
The Pan American Health Organization promotes comprehensive prevention and cancer control programmes, “It is therefore important that the country has an analysis of its needs and can set priorities to fight Cancer . These recommendations will help the country to strengthen planning and effective execution of an integrated national cancer prevention and control plan.
The IAEA is currently providing support to Enhance skills in new radiotherapy and nuclear medicine techniques, and resources for radiotherapy and radiology through its technical cooperation programme.