Each of these numbers, each of the affected people are a reason for the Spanish Federation of Breast Cancer (FECMA), which this year commemorates the International Day of the pathology (October 19) Recalling the need for access equitable for all affected more accurate diagnostic tests and innovative treatments. "We believe in the sustainability of the health system because we value the quality of care in breast cancer and the universal right to health," says its president, Maria Antonia Gimon. "We do more reasons than ever to not falter in our efforts to see the need for better treatments, more training and support to health professionals and the needs arising from long-term survival of those affected" .

Both the Spanish Group for Breast Cancer Research (GEICAM) and the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM) FECMA support in the celebration of this day and in the dissemination of his manifesto that annually claims the main care needs of this group that for over 10 years represents more than 35,000 women-together in 35 associations, which throughout his life have suffered from this disease.

"Today the five-year survival of women who have overcome breast cancer exceeds 85 percent, thanks to early detection programs and the progressive introduction of new treatments."


In this regard, Dr. Emilio Alba, president of the SEOM, shows some optimism since "it has stabilized the incidence of this tumor and gradually getting lower mortality. No doubt the early diagnosis is key to achieve, but should never overemphasize the importance of periodic reviews. "

"We must continue to stress the importance of early detection of breast cancer through campaigns that are to be promoted by the Public Health System."

In this regard, and given the current economic climate, Maria Antonia Gimon admits "fear for the adjustment measures on health and that they can go against the service quality and performance that today must not only maintained but improved if possible ".

But access and quality of these treatments, diagnostic tests and therapies have to be equal for all despite the decentralized model of health today, in which, after the transfer of powers there are 17 different public health systems.

"We support and defend the public health, quality, free and universal, an element that must remain a strategic factor for social cohesion, equality, while an active engine of the new economy. Decentralization can not cause it to break the unity of the public system, so autonomy must do an exercise in responsibility with a menu of services common to all. No doubt this is the way that all have the same opportunities for both diagnosis and treatment and there are no serious differences in health according to the territory where you live. "

Cohesion is the single word and the only action that allows equal access to health services. "It is essential for sustainability Pact, cohesion and quality of the NHS, present and future sustainability require greater accountability of public authorities to reach agreements and shared with finding ways to face and solve the problems ".


Survival rates rise in breast cancer every day, so that advances in diagnosis and treatment of disease should be followed in this regard to ensure that the relapse rate is nil. "We must also work to create the smallest possible number of sequels, of course, without compromising efficiency," adds Dr. Michael Martin.

"We must try to save the breast whenever possible, to save the arm and avoid unnecessary medical treatments using genetic test."