In Mexico, lung cancer casts a formidable shadow, claiming thousands of lives every year, with survival rates remaining dishearteningly low. Horacio Tovalín Ahumada, an academic at the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Zaragoza of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), sheds light on the grim reality of this disease and emphasizes the critical need for awareness, prevention, and timely intervention.
Every year, approximately 9,000 new cases of lung cancer emerge in Mexico, with only around 1,000 survivors due to late detection. What's more concerning is that lung cancer is the second most common cancer among adult men over 40, and its prevalence among women has surged to become the fourth most frequent neoplasm. Tovalín Ahumada warns that the trends indicate a convergence in risk and incidence between both genders, reminiscent of cardiovascular diseases.