Breast cancer early detection programme saves lives

Breast cancer early detection programme saves lives

Credit: Junta de Andalucia

Breast cancer early detection programme saves lives in Andalucia.

More than 1.2 million Andalucian women have participated in the breast cancer early detection programme.

Tuesday, October 19, was World Breast Cancer Day. The Regional Ministry of Health and Families has published the latest data from the Junta de Andalucía‘s Breast Cancer Early Detection Programme. According to the latest figures, 1,273,767 women have taken part in the programme. Nearly 16,000 cancers have been detected at an early stage of the disease. More than 85 per cent of breast cancer patients in Andalusia beat the disease.

The recently presented Andalucian Cancer Strategy is a resounding commitment to improving the cancer situation in the region. The strategy has been promoted by the Regional Ministry of Health and Families through the Directorate-General for Public Health and Pharmaceutical Organisation.

The strategy promotes the prevention of cancer along with the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits, the commitment to improve vaccination, and the improvement of screening programmes.

The strategy has a clear approach to improving the connection between primary and hospital care. It also focuses on building an active culture of training professionals. Research to combat the disease is also important.

Every year, around 4,900 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Andalucia. Breast cancer is the most common tumour in women in all Western countries. Last year, 4,329 malignant neoplasms were treated in Andalucian public hospitals.

The Andalucian programme for the early detection of breast cancer has 63 mammography screening units, of which 20 are fixed, five are mobile and 38 are located in hospitals. From 1995 to the present day, 1,477,710 million women between the ages of 50 and 69 years have been called by the early detection programme, achieving coverage of 86.2% of the target population.

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