Chronic Disease and Sickness

Health Problems

Health Problems

The number of teenagers dying from cancer is increasing. Obesity, tooth decay and mental disorders are reaching epidemic proportions. Statistics from the latest report of the Ministry of Health speak for themselves. More than 20% of Polish children struggle with obesity, with 14-18-year-olds having the greatest weight problems. Another issue is the growing number of new cases of cancer among young Poles. In the year 2000 there were 10 cases of cancer per 10,000 children. In the last four years that number has increased to 14. Here the problem is one of diagnosis because cancer in children is not being detected early enough. There is also a large and worrying number of suicides. This is no surprise because according to the Ministry of Health, 10-20% of children and teenagers have mental health problems. Another 20% suffer from chronic diseases and in this group 27% have been diagnosed with allergies, 18% have spinal deformities, 13% have eye disorders and 5% have development disorders. The Ministry of Health argues that they are working on these problems and are spending over PLN 8 billion a year on these youngest of patients. However, officials admit that the Ministry of Health will not be able to deal with most of these problems alone because they require cooperation with other ministries as well as with parents.
serwisy.gazetaprawna.pl