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Government considering cancer registry

M. L. Melly Maitreyi

HYDERABAD: Government is contemplating maintaining a cancer registry in the State for compilation of comprehensive data on all types of cancers given the increasing incidence of the disease.

“We don't have accurate data related to cancer incidence. But more cases are being reported in the State from various government hospitals and those empanelled under the Arogyasri,” said Dr. P. V. Ramesh, Principal Secretary, Health.

Dr. Ramesh said that as per the statistics of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 10 to 15 per cent of adult deaths at the national-level could be attributed to cancer.

For the Hyderabad city, NIMS started work for such a registry. A State-level cancer registry would pave way for accurate data management and to bring in appropriate policies, he told The Hindu.

He said the government was considering launching community-based screening and awareness programme for all types of cancers as oral and cervical cancer were also common. Cancer could be cured if detected and treated early. The Union government would support the initiative in two pilot districts and bear 85 per cent of cost for cancer screening and treatment, he added. Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation(UBF), working for the last three years in creating awareness about early detection of breast cancer, submitted a proposal to take up a community-based screening programme to detect breast cancer early, as a pilot project in the State in partnership with the government. “We are in the process of working out the details,”said Dr.Ramesh.

Dr.Raghuram, CEO of Foundation, said that under the programme the health workers and doctors at the PHCs would be trained in Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) for screening women between 40 and 65 years in a community, for breast cancer and refer suspected cases to hospitals. The foundation would also coordinate the project and collect the data. Though mammography was the best proven way for detecting cancers, next alternative at community level was CBE, simple, inexpensive and viable tool for early detection of breast cancers, he said.

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