WHO supports orientation on cervical & breast cancer early detection for health practitioners

A three-day orientation program on cervical and breast cancer early detection and control was held in Dhaka on 13 – 15 February. It was supported by WHO and technical assistance was provided by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). Gynecologists, surgeons and programme managers who are involved in providing screening and treatment among patients of cervical and breast cancer took part in the orientation.

Breast and cervical cancers are most common cancers among women in Bangladesh. Each year, 14,900 cases of breast cancer are detected of which 7200 die while 6600 die of cervical cancer out of 12,000 cases. Against this backdrop, the government of Bangladesh is implementing a Cervical and Breast Cancer Early Detection Programme. The participants discussed challenges to ensure early detection of the diseases and also identified measures to improve services at different health care facilities in Bangladesh.