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National Screening Program to Improve early detection of breast cancer

DR  Hanif  Hassan , Minister of Health, reported yesterday ,In  Dubai , that   has become an important  challenge  for healthcare providers  all over the world  and  it needs a big effort   to  improve the early detection of the disease. DR. Hassan was talking at a speech of a nation- large campaign that underscores the major of sooner catcher to the disease and will start from Sunday the 11th of November.

The screening system in started in 1998, Dr. Hassan mentioned that 84,000 females have been subjected to clinical exams .He also reported that it has been one of the leading programs not only in the United Arab of Emirates but also in the Gulf and Arab countries. He said  ”WHO (World Health Organization) studies show that breast cancer  is a challenge for health systems all over the world and requires cooperation  of all parties to fight the disease”.

According to Dr Hajar Al Hosani, Director of the national screening program, early diagnosis has aided in decreasing the number of deaths. In 2010 the National Screening program has been contributing in early screening that resulted in 95% cure rate. She mentioned that breast cancer is the cause of death number two among females in the UAE. The director did not change her words when she declared that in spite of the different gains in breast cancer detection, there are still drawbacks involving a decrease in local expertise in the field of screening mammography. She reported that there are also cultural and socio-educational barriers for accepting breast screening and another drawback is the registry shortage of breast cancer cases. The targeted population for the screening program will be the women above the age of forty, and over than 240,000 women will be screened, which is about 15 of the total women population in the UAE..

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