Soon, cancer screening centers in 100 districts across India
The government is set to roll out a screening programme for cancer, hypertension and diabetes in 100 districts later this week.
The programme aims to screen people aged above 30 for oral cancer and women aged above 30 for breast and cervical cancer. As per the protocol finalised by Health Ministry, which would be unveiled by Health Minister J P Nadda Wednesday, people would also be screened for hypertension and diabetes. The programme would be conducted by trained nurses and auxilliary nurse midwives at primary health centres or sub-centres.
Those detected with cancer will be treated in community health centres or district hospitals, as required. Most detected with hypertension or diabetes would need to be prescribed drugs which the government hopes to make available at primary health centres and sub-centres free of cost. Some cancer drugs would be available for free, said sources in Health Ministry.