HCM CITY (VNS)— The Ministry of Health launched on Sunday a breast cancer prevention and control project with two partners that will increase public awareness about early detection, prevention and treatment.
The campaign, "We Care for Her", will run from 2013 to 2015 and will include actions plans developed by the ministry, the Supportive Fund for Cancer Patients-Bright Future Fund, and the Roche Company.
The campaign will be conducted in Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Hue and Can Tho.
Nguyen Tuan Hung, deputy head of the ministry's Personnel Department, said that globally 1 million breast cancer cases were detected each year.
"Due to low awareness and lack of resources, people do not know enough. Patients often get treatment at a late stage, which leads to less than desirable results, he said.
"That's why we hope this project will lead to new results and help people live a healthier life," he added.
Inge Kusuma, representative of Roche Viet Nam, said that 7,000 new breast cancer patients were diagnosed annually in Viet Nam, with 35 per cent of them dying.
The four-phase project will be initiated with the slogan, "Together we care for women and prevent breast cancer" through the media and celebrities, as well as the project's major partners.
Information about early prevention and treatment will be included.
Phase two will provide specialised knowledge to advocacy groups, who will be trained by instructors from the three partners taking part in the project.
For phase three, doctors will be trained in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and during phase four, free clinical exams will be given for women in five cities.
Representatives from Roche and the Supportive Fund for Cancer Patients-the Bright Future Fund will offer these free exams in cooperation with hospitals that specialise in cancer care.
They will also support the training of doctors and nurses in breast cancer prevention and control, especially for women who are HER2-Positive. —VNS