India to launch cancer screening project
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India to launch cancer screening project

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To be launched as pilot in 30 districts, people for different cancer diseases including oral, breast and cervical would be screened under the scheme

New Delhi: The Centre will soon launch a programme to screen the people for different cancer cases in select districts on a pilot basis.

The government will start the programme with 30 districts and screen the people for different cancer diseases including oral, breast and cervical cancers.

The government will provide required equipments for mammography and other tests to the selected health centres in these districts, a senior Health Ministry official said.

Besides the screening, the government is planning to set up eight more hospitals for treating cancers in states like West Bengal, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Chattisgarh.

The aim is to have at least specialised hospitals with 200 beds in 20 states. The existing financial assistance for the cancer hospital also will be raised from the current levels of Rs.6 crore to Rs.45 crore, the official said.

Apart from this, a comprehensive programme is also likely to be introduced to screen people for diabetes, hypertension, heart-related problems, stroke and cancer, besides age-related ailments for senior citizens in some areas. 

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