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THE BACKWARDNESS OF THE POOR COUNTRIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

Mexico / The World Summit of Leaders against Cancer concludes in Mexico City warning of the inequalities between rich and poor countries in combating cancer, a disease that kills 8.8 million people per year.

The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, was the first to alert this gap and stressed that “about 70% of deaths” from cancer occur in low and middle income countries due to the “lack of access to treatment”.

“Cancer is, therefore, one of the conditions that reflects the economic inequality that affects the world”, the Mexican president said.

He was seconded by the president of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, who urged detection in countries that he described as “oncologically underdeveloped.”

At the same time, the World Health Organization (WHO), which requested more resources and medical specialization for governments and their own institution.

These issues under discussion – inequality, the political agenda, prevention and information – were also presented by Queen Letizia. The also honorary president of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) highlighted “the importance of the attitude” when it comes to overcoming the disease and insisted on the importance of public managers committing themselves to fight cancer based on three pillars: research, prevention and information.

From Mexico, Martí Quitana from EFE Agency. (November 15, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
La noticia habla…
A
del inicio de una cumbre contra el cáncer.
B
de las conclusiones presentadas en una cumbre contra el cáncer.
C
de un estudio sobre el cáncer presentado en una universidad mexicana.
Question 2
Según el texto, la lucha contra el cáncer…
A
es inferior en los países que generan más riqueza.
B
no es igual en todos los países.
C
es igual en todos los países, independientemente de la riqueza que generen.
Question 3
La riqueza de un país y la forma de luchar contra el cáncer no están relacionadas.
A
¡No se sabe!
B
Es mentira.
C
Es verdad.
Question 4
Según el texto, los países que son más pobres…
A
no tienen los recursos y los especialistas necesarios para luchar contra el cáncer.
B
están aumentando la inversión en sanidad para que haya más especialistas de esta enfermedad.
C
están perfectamente preparados para poder luchar contra el cáncer.
Question 5
La reina Letizia considera que…
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no es necesario que el paciente de cáncer tenga una buena actitud.
B
no es importante la forma en cómo una persona hace frente al cáncer.
C
es importante la forma en que una persona que padece cáncer afronta esa enfermedad.
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