Femicides, breast and cervical cancer issues today neglected by the government

Among the issues most ignored by federal and local authorities are femicides, breast and cervical cancer, problems that affect millions of women every day and end their lives.

Urgent measures are required to face these challenges, as they cannot continue to be ignored by the current government. Figures come and go, they assure us that they have decreased, while in reality, both in terms of safety and health, there is no improvement.

The budget cuts that have been applied to the health system since 2019 have undoubtedly impacted programs for the prevention of female cancers, such as breast cancer, today classified as the leading cause of death in women of productive age.

According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) in 2019, for every 100,000 women aged 20 years or older, 35.24 new cases were reported.

Also, cervical cancer, according to data from the Secretary of Health, an annual occurrence of 13,960 new cases is estimated annually. The above figures cannot continue to be ignored within the authorities’ priorities, it is urgent to take measures and provide the necessary resources to put an end to such sensitive issues.

In the same way, the current government has so far minimized femicide, a terrible reality that in Mexico only from January to June 2020 registered 969 cases, more than two per day on average, according to the Executive Secretariat of the National Security System Public (SESNSP). In Mexico City, the Attorney General’s Office reported that in 2020, 64 cases of femicides were investigated.

It is imperative to change this reality in the City and the country in general, we cannot allow things to remain the same, if we really want a change, we have to rethink and act to make the best decisions.

We cannot put interests of any kind before anyone’s health and life, we can still transform things and bet on programs and actions in favor of women, and no longer allow their care and safety to be left « for later ». Citizens have the decision in their hands.