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Breast cancer awareness and control campaign launched

Update: October, 16/2015 - 15:01
Representatives cut the ribbon to start the campaign controlling the incidence of breast cancer. — VNS Photos Thu Trang

HA NOI (VNS) — A campaign for controlling the incidence of breast cancer was launched today in Ha Noi by the health ministry, the Supportive Fund for Cancer Patients-Bright Future Fund and Roche Company.

The campaign, entitled "Controlling breast cancer by the age of 40," has been launched in response to the Vietnamese Women's Day next Tuesday.

It is one of the activities under the project "We care for her", which has been running for three years since 2013.

Under the new month-long campaign, the Supportive Fund for Cancer Patients-Bright Future Fund will join hands with hospitals having cancer wards in Ha Noi and HCM City to give free breast screening to more than 12,000 women over the age of 40. Women, 40 years old and above, reportedly face a high risk of breast cancer.

Forums will be held in some ministries, agencies and enterprises to raise community awareness about breast cancer prevention and control.

Professional training courses will be organised for doctors.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen gives a speech at the campaign launching ceremony.

Women can register for free breast screening on the website, or call the hotline 08.39112011 in HCM City or 0913936658 in Ha Noi.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen said at the launching ceremony that with early detection and better awareness, breast cancer could be controlled gradually and Vietnamese women could lead happy and healthy lives.

"Women should pay attention to their health and have regular check-ups to detect the disease early," she said.

Deputy Director of Vietnam Cancer Hospital (K Hospital) Tran Van Thuan, who is also director of the Supportive Fund for Cancer Patients-Bright Future Fund, said early detection had great importance in the treatment period.

If the disease was detected in its early stage, there was more than an 80 per cent survival rate, he said.

There are about 11,000 new breast cancer cases and more than 4,500 fatalities from the disease in Viet Nam every year, according to the health ministry. — VNS

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