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For screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer in women, Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences is going to start a permanent screening clinic from Tuesday.
The clinic, along with a day-long free screening camp for these two ailments, will be inaugurated by state Health Minister Ahmad Hasan.
"This is the first-of-its-kind centre in the state which will provide dedicated screening facilities for both breast and cervical cancer," said Dr M C Pant, director of the institute. The idea behind starting the clinic, said Dr Nuzhat Husain, organising chairperson, dean and head of Pathology department, was that though the occurrence of breast cancer is less in India as compared to the western countries, especially the United States, because of late diagnosis, the mortality because of cancer is much higher in India. Dr Husain also said that unlike the western countries, cases of both these cancers are seen at a much younger age of 30 years and above. Early detection of both the cancers can ensure complete treatment and cure of the ailment, she said.
The screening clinic will provide clinical tests, Pap smear test and molecular Human papillomavirus tests for cervical and mammography facility for breast cancer. The facilities for screening at the clinic will be free of cost for the first week and consequently be charged at subsidised rates. For mobilising the public, especially women, various non-government organisations have joined hands with the institute. The ANMs of Lucknow and nearby areas have also been tagged in for mobilisation activity. After the camp, all the packets of snacks sold out at Akansha kendra (which is supported by IAS officers' wives and sells home made spices and snacks) will contain brochures in Hindi and English regarding information on cancer and cancer screening, she said.
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