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It is necessary to break taboos for the timely detection of diseases in men and promote self-care of health, said the Regulatory Director of Health, Ramiro López Elizalde.

“We are socially conditioned by masculinities and despite the fact that our context has been modified by globalization and intercultural thinking, Mexico continues to be conservative in the practice of self-care focused on men, for example; men repress their pains and discomforts more, since expressing them can be considered as a weakness. This causes that there is little disposition of the male beneficiaries to attend a medical consultation, limiting or omitting health care practices, which directly impacts diseases, “said the manager.

Experts affirm that this practice is usually left aside in the case of the male sex derived from the values, beliefs, customs and ideologies that have been socially built around the figure of man in our society, which; negatively impacts their health because there is no timely detection of diseases.

According to the World Cancer Observatory (Globocan) it places prostate cancer (29.9%), colorectal cancer (8.9%), stomach cancer (5.2%), lung cancer (5%) and lymphoma (4.6%) within of the main types of cancer in the Mexican male population.

Likewise, figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi) state that of the male population between the ages of 30 and 59 who died of a malignant tumor, 12% were due to a malignant tumor of the colon, rectum and anus, followed by malignant tumors of the stomach (10%) and those of the trachea, bronchi and lung (8%). Regarding older adults (60 years and over), the first two causes are malignant tumor of the prostate (22%) and malignant tumor of the trachea, bronchi and lung (11%).

If action is not taken, it is projected that by 2030, the number of people newly diagnosed with cancer will increase by 32% to more than 5 million people per year, due to exposure to risk factors, aging population and changing lifestyles.

For this reason, the ISSSTE will redouble efforts in promoting men’s health care during the month of February, and makes an attentive call for beneficiaries to participate in the timely detection of diseases focused on:

Finally, the ISSSTE Health Regulatory Directorate informed that these activities will be carried out at the national level in the first level units of the Institute.

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