The Ministry of Health and Social Protection launched, from 1 to 31 October, the national campaign for awareness and screening for breast and cervical cancer, under the slogan “Early detection is prevention and your health is protection.” The ministry said in a statement that this campaign, programmed on the occasion of Pink October, aims to raise public awareness of the importance of prevention and early detection, especially among women between the ages of 40 and 69 in relation to breast cancer and women between the ages of 30 and 49 for cervical cancer. statement. The campaign is an opportunity to highlight the efforts made by the Ministry to reduce morbidity and mortality rates due to cancer.
As part of the implementation of the National Cancer Prevention and Control Plan, the statement notes that a structured program for early detection of breast and cervical cancer has been established to enhance presentation. Care in terms of screening, diagnosis and treatment of these two types of cancers. Thus, early detection in primary health care has been integrated and enhanced by building and equipping 43 reproductive health reference centers, 11 regional oncology centers, and two gynecological oncology centers of excellence. The arrival of women in remote areas.
In addition, a set of organizational measures have been put in place to facilitate women’s access to screening services, early diagnosis and treatment in the best conditions, as well as to strengthen and mobilize partners, foreign ministerial departments and NGOs.
The Ministry recalls that breast and cervical cancers are the first recorded cancers among women in Morocco, with a rate of 38.1% and 8.1%, respectively, according to the data of the Cancer Registry.