The implementation of the program to combat cancer will make it possible to more often detect malignant neoplasms in the early stages and cure them, Veronika Skvortsova, the Minister of Health of the Russian Federation, is confident. However, the overall mortality rate will not decrease for several years, since the incidence will continue to rise.
“Due to the fact that we are now actively developing an anti-cancer program, for a number of years we may have a kind of stagnation in the mortality rate from cancer,” TASS quotes Veronika Skvortsova. She noted that the indicators of one-year mortality and five-year survival are important here, the main contribution to the dynamics of which is made by the prevention of risk factors, early detection and modern treatment.
“It is important for us that, despite this, our annual mortality rate is decreasing and survival rate is increasing over five years. And mortality is an indicator between two vectors: increasing detection and decreasing mortality, which is why it will float at the same numbers for now,” the minister explained.
According to the Ministry of Health, in 2018, 3.7 million people with cancer were registered at dispensaries. The mortality rate from malignant neoplasms in the country was 6% (in 2017 it decreased for the first time since 2014).
The fight against cancer is one of the priorities of the national project “Healthcare”. Over six years, it is planned to reduce mortality from cancer to 185 cases per 100 thousand population. Almost 1 trillion rubles will be allocated to achieve this goal.