Government has decided to make screening of breast, cervix and oral cancer for people above age of 30 to be mandatory from November.
Raging a war against cancer, the Union health ministry has come up with guidelines for the screening and management of Cancer in the country. Screening has been made mandatory for both male and female above the age of 30.
The ministry has also identified first 100 districts in the country which will be participating in the this programme.
The first project will start in Agartala in November and screening will be undertaken by the mid-level providers at the Health and Wellness Centers (Sub centers), and by staff nurses at the Public Health Centres. “Early detection of cancer can lead to better health outcomes. This initiative of implementing population level screening for common cancer can save many precious lives and improve quality of life of many more. Population level screening envisages screening for risk factors, which will generate awareness on healthy living, thereby focussing on prevention of the diseases,” said Union Health Minister JP Nadda.
The aim of the screening programme is to provide guidance to states for the management of cancer in rural and urban areas.
The three most commonly occurring cancers in India are those of the breast, uterine cervix and lip/oral cavity. Together, they account for approximately 34 per cent of all cancers in India. “The aim is to ensure that screening for all cancers is provided as close to the home as possible by competently trained personnel in well equipped facilities and ensuring privacy. This framework is intended to provide guidance to states,” Dr Ravi Mehrotra, director, National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, told Mail Today.