Colombia and the Dominican Republic step up efforts against cancer
17 junio 2020

COLOMBIA

On June 12, Colombia and the Dominican Republic moved ahead on measures designed to support the fight against different types of cancer. In Colombia, the House of Representatives passed a bill on the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. The text will continue its debate in the Senate. In addition, the Senate plenary adopted a legal initiative for childhood cancer. The draft bill will go to the Executive for enactment. In other news, the Dominican Ministry of Health has set up the National Cancer Register, which is already in force.

The draft bill on breast cancer was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives and establishes measures designed to promote comprehensive treatments for breast cancer, as well as improve early detection and palliative care. The measure also created a national remembrance date to raise awareness about the importance of medical studies in the early detection of the disease.

The bill passed by the Senate declared as a priority the comprehensive care of children under 18 diagnosed or presumed to have cancer. It also seeks to guarantee effective access to oncopediatric services for this sector of the population. The Ministry of Health has a year as from the entry into force of the law to regulate the creation of a database on young people suffering from this disease.

Finally, the Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic issued a resolution setting up the National Cancer Register, in coordination with representatives from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and different oncological institutions in the country. The rule requires health centers to register patients diagnosed with cancer on the platform.

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