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MAZA-FERNANDEZ, María Elena    VECCHI-MARTINI, Elda. History, overview and challenges of the breast cancer movement in Mexico. Salud pública Méx []. 2009, 51, 2, pp. s329-s334. ISSN 0036-3634.

This essay describes the history of the civil society breast cancer movement in Mexico, the role played by breast cancer NGOs and the changes they must undergo for their activities to impact the quality of life of men and women dealing with this disease. The concept of civil society today has been transformed, regaining a degree of autonomy and being at the center of a participatory democracy. Civil society takes a lead role in key issues such as health, civil rights, and public welfare. Breast cancer organizations have the liberty to organize and promote initiatives that will help others' welfare and develop their full potential for the benefit of themselves and their community. These organizations must focus on promoting changes in the system that will result in better services and better quality of life for their constituents.

: civil society; breast cancer; movement; initiative; quality; welfare; Mexico.

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