The fight against cancer mortality “is not won in hospitals, it is won earlier” | Luís Costa

medico de bata e óculos

Luís Costa is Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL) and Director of the Department of Oncology at the Northern Lisbon University Hospital Centre (CHULN). In an interview to newspaper Expresso, he stated that the fear of covid-19 led patients to be away from doctors, and the prognosis is therefore very reserved. "The country will have to be prepared to treat more serious cancers in the next three to five years, which is when mortality is expected to skyrocket".

The Professor said that Europe has 2.2 million cancer deaths per year. In Portugal alone, it is around 30 to 40 thousand. "It is not a pandemic, in technical terms, but it is a slow fire that is raging, increasing in numbers".

Read the entire interview here