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Latest Cancer Researches to Be Discussed in Cuban Congress

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Latest Cancer Researches to Be Discussed in Cuban CongressHAVANA, Cuba, Nov 19 (acn) Advances in Oncology and new diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities, as well as the latest researches on cancer are the main issues in the Havana Oncology Congress 2014, which will be held in the capital from this Wednesday.

Doctor Jorge Juan Marinello, president of the Cuban Society of Oncology and the organizing committee of the event, announced to the press that among the Congress´ main topics are the prevention and control of this malignant disease that, since 2012, is the leading cause of death in Cuba.

A proper screening, early diagnosis and prompt treatment are essential to reduce the incidence of these tumors which this year has had more than 35 000 new cases, among the highest rates in Latin America, experts warn.

They reiterated that besides smoking, alcoholism and poor eating habits, the aging population is also one of the risk factors, taking into account that life expectancy at birth of Cuban is nearly eight decades.

Dr. Nélido Gonzalez, head of the National Oncology Group said a third of these malignant diseases are preventable, equal amount if timely diagnosed can be cured and two thirds of the population may decrease cancer mortality through prevention and communication through awareness campaigns.

Gonzalez, an eminent surgeon of neck and head of the Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology, told ACN that the congress will present the results of the first 20 patients who received surgical oncological craniofacial intervention that started in this institution in the 1980s.

They will also show the results of clinical trials with monoclonal antibodies and therapeutic vaccines, developed by the Center of Molecular Immunology, products that increase the quality and life expectancy of these patients.

Some 400 delegates from Turkey, France, Italy, Spain, China, USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Cuba, among other countries, will make an update on this chronic non-transmissible disease.

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