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What is the National Cancer Institute of Argentina?
This agency, part of the National Ministry of Health, is responsible for developing and carrying out cancer health policies, as well as coordinating prevention and cancer control in Argentina.
Its main purpose is to reduce the incidence and mortality from cancer, and at the same time improve the quality of life of people living with cancer.
The Institute establishes goals in the field of promotion, prevention, protection and healthcare, and also defines the evaluation criteria of the effectiveness and performance of programs, institutions and health services.
Its tasks include, among other things, the development of standards for the comprehensive care of cancer patients, promotion of health and reduction of risk factors within defined guidelines for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), definition of strategies for prevention and early detection, training of specialized human resources, development of cancer research, monitoring, and analyzing epidemiological information.
The strategies tending to implement these endeavors are multidisciplinary and intersectoral; they promote the participation of scientific organizations and other social actors specialized in this field. Actions and recommendations are based on scientific evidence and the best guidelines available in the different areas of promotion, prevention, clinical management and rehabilitation of their social standing.
The creation of the National Cancer Institute (INC in Spanish) in Argentina means placing cancer in a position of great relevance within the government's agenda. The Institute seeks to address this complex issue through the coordination of specific public policies at national level and working in line with similar institutions in the region and worldwide, sharing with them experiences, skills and efforts.