GENEVA, Jan. 31 (Reuters / EP) –
Cancer patients in developing countries do not have the basic pain relief, often because of excessive fear of opiate abuse, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday.
Two thirds of industrialized countries have oral morphine, widely used to reduce severe pain, available in more than half of their pharmacies, against only 6 percent of poorer countries, explained Dr Cherian Varghese, WHO expert.
The UN agency issues new guidelines for health authorities around the world to deal with the pain affecting 55 percent of cancer patients and two-thirds of those with advanced or terminal cancer.
"No one, neither cancer patients, or cancer-free patients, should live or die of pain in the 21st century," said Dr. Etienne Krug, head of the WHO Non-Communicable Disease Department. the world (…) these medications circulate too freely, there is a real and justified fear of it, but it should not be at the expense of those who live in pain or die of pain. "
The epidemic of over-opioid opiates in the United States, caused partly by overpayment, took more than 49,000 lives last year, fueling fears of dependence elsewhere.
The World Health Organization's guidelines prescribe strict safety measures for the use of addictive drugs such as morphine, but say that in their oral divergence is "a necessary treatment for moderate to severe cancer pain".
Every year, there are 18.1 million new cases of cancer in the world, and one in six deaths, about 9.6 million, is the consequence of the disease, according to WHO in the report on the World Cancer Day on August 4th. February.