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New measures for oncology

The Office of the President has announced the President's initiative to release funds from the Medical Fund for cancer hospitals. At least PLN 2.5 billion will go to subsidize facilities. Comprehensive cancer treatment is carried out by about 40 facilities in Poland. Each hospital can count on subsidies in the range of PLN 50-300 million. The funds will be used for strategic projects - for construction, reconstruction and modernization of buildings and retrofitting of equipment. The competition proceedings, will start on March 6. 

The 2022 report of the National Cancer Registry shows that we have more than 171,000 new cancer cases per year in Poland and more than 100,000 deaths due to them. Malignant tumors are the second cause of death among Polish women and men, accounting for 25.7% of male deaths and 23.2% of female deaths. They are a significant health problem primarily in young and middle-aged people (25-64). Cancer hits the female population especially hard, as they have been the most common cause of death before the age of 65 for several years. They account for 31.7% of deaths in young women and 46.8% in those in middle age, respectively.

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According to the Health at a Glance report published in 2021, while the cancer incidence rate in Poland is relatively low (incidence is 267 per 100,000 population, for most OECD countries, the average is 294), the cancer mortality rate in our country is one of the highest (it is 228 deaths per 100,000 population, with an OECD average of 191 deaths per 100,000 population). In mortality statistics, we rank fourth just behind Hungary, Slovakia and Latvia. Compared to the 2017 data, mortality decreased from 237 to 228 deaths per 100,000 population, and incidence compared to 2018 increased - from 254 to 267 per 100,000 population - which may suggest an improvement in early cancer diagnosis.