Pop based breast cancer screening prog launched

Pop based breast cancer screening prog launched
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More than 60 per cent of breast cancer cases in India is in the advance stage. In the country, a woman dies of breast cancer every 10 minutes. In a effort to detect breast cancer in early stages, UBF,

About 25 lakh women to be screened as part of this initiative across Telangana

More than 60 per cent of breast cancer cases in India is in the advance stage. In the country, a woman dies of breast cancer every 10 minutes. In a effort to detect breast cancer in early stages, UBF, in partnership with Government of Telangana and in particular Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) and Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA), has embarked upon implementing India’s first population based breast cancer screening programme in all the mandals throughout Telangana.

About 40,000 healthcare workers from 450 mandals across Telangana were advised via video conferencing on the role of breast cancer screening and the procedure for conducting Clinical Breast Examination (CBE), a screening tool to detect breast cancer in the early stages. Healthcare workers have been requested to give a missed call to 08030636347 to register themselves. A mobile application has been developed to register all the healthcare workers.

Video conference session explaining the importance of breast cancer screening

National cancer awareness day

India observed National Cancer Awareness Day on Friday. The population based breast cancer screening programme was launched across all the mandals in the State. Women between the age group of 35 and 65 were screened. If the Screening assessment was found normal, CBE would be performed again at two yearly intervals.

About 25 lakh women would be screened as part of this initiative. Any suspicious lump detected would be dealt by district health officials, in association with gynecologists, general surgeons and oncologists in the region and would be referred to Arogyasri network Oncology Centres for further management free of cost.

“In the fullness of time, I am confident that the screening programme would serve as a model for the entire country. Undoubtedly, this programme has a potential to revolutionise the delivery of breast healthcare in India,” said Dr P Raghu Ram, director, KIMS-Ushalakshmi Centre for Breast Diseases.

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