Stomach Cancer on the Rise in Costa Rica

On a day for early detection of lesions of stomach cancer, conducted at the hospital in San Vito de Coto Brus, a group of gastroenterologists from several public hospitals identified cases of ulcers and gastritis in San Vito.

According to Arias Ileana Balmaceda, chief executive of the Social Security Fund (CCSS), the journey took place in Coto Brus as an area in which according to studies by the entity has a high incidence of gastric cancer with no known reason which could be the causes.

After Carthage, a place that has the highest number of cases of stomach cancer, the CCSS is concerned about the situation detected in San Vito de Coto Brus, being the fourth area of the country in incidence.

Every year 900 new cases are detected of gastric cancer nationwide. Of these cases, between 60% and 70% are detected relatively late.

240 people have been found with lesions and were referred to the Mexico Hospital for treatment, said Ricardo Barquero Cortes, head of Gastroenterology at the Hospital Mexico.

“The 240 people have been treated from the previous year and was tested for pepsinogen 1 and 2, to detect whether there was any suspicion. To this day attended by about 25 officials from Mexico and Calderon Hospital, including 12 physicians specializing in gastroenterology, five technicians and administrative staff also brought art equipment consisting of six towers, eight endoscopes, computer equipment, among others, in order to detect any injury and to get treatment once the patient.” he said.

On several occasions, the authorities of the National Center for Gastric Cancer launched the alert on the situation presented at San Vito de Coto Brus, as well as the attention of the onset of this disease in young people.

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