Around 460 thousand Brazilian men and women are expected to fall victim to cancer this year. This estimate was divulged today by the president of the National Cancer Institute (Inca), José Gomes Temporão, in a speech to health authorities, workers, and researchers in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife.
Temporão said that, among women, breast, uterus, and lung cancer are the most likely to appear. Among men, the most common cases will probably be prostate and lung cancer, the latter in consequence of cigarette smoking.
The physician emphasized that regular examinations are essential, because they lead to early diagnosis and treatment.
To avoid cancer, he said, everybody should follow five strategic guidelines: “Don’t smoke. Exercise regularly. Eat more fruit, legumes, and vegetables. Don’t expose yourself to the sun except when it’s safe. And keep your weight under control.”
Temporão said that cancer is the second deadliest disease in Brazil.
He explained that cardiovascular diseases, such as myocardial infarction and stroke, are in first place.
External factors – violence and traffic and workplace accidents – conclude the list.