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NATIONAL CANCER CONTROL PROGRAMME
The programme is monitored by the Joint
Director of Health Services, (Medical) from the Directorate of Health
- Primary prevention of Tobacco related cancer.
- Secondary prevention of Uterine Cervix and Breast cancer.
- Extension and strengthening of Diagnostic, Therapeutic services on large
Primary prevention is encouraged through IEC activities utilizing
electronic and print media. Anti tobacco day is celebrated on 31st December.
Secondary prevention to prevent cancer
of cervix is promoted through Pap Smear screening. The facility is made
available at all Medical Colleges, District Hospitals and Women Hospitals. One
Gynaecologist, Pathologist and Laboratory Technician from each Hospital are
trained for this purpose. The facility will be extended to Rural Hospitals also.
Oral Cancer - Government of
Maharashtra has adopted the Oral Health policy in 1998. 5th of February is
celebrated as 'Oral Health Day'
The existing Dental Units at District
Hospitals are strengthened by providing additional inputs. It is proposed to
have one more Dental X-Ray Unit in every district. Accordingly, 10 Units have
been sanctioned and 16 more are proposed.
Endoscopy facility - This facility
needs special training. 15 Medical Officers have been trained at Tata Memorial
Cancer & Research Institute, Mumbai. Endoscopes have been provided to
District Hospitals, Ratnagiri, Amravati and Bhandara.
Cobalt Unit - Radio Therapy facility is available at Government Medical
College, Miraj, Aurangabad, Ambejogai and Nagpur. It is also available at NGO
institutions at Pune, Akola, Barshi in Solapur district and Nagpur.
to reach the community, out-reach services in the form of organizing Diagnostic
Camps are initiated. In this respect, NGOs such as SantTukdoji Cancer Hospital,
Nagpur, SantTukaram Hospital, Akola and Nargis Datta Cancer Hospital &
Research Hospital, Barshi are taking lead. The Govt. of India has sanctioned
District Cancer Control Project at Raigad.