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The programme is monitored by the Joint Director of Health Services, (Medical) from the Directorate of Health Services, Mumbai.


  1. Primary prevention of Tobacco related cancer.
  2. Secondary prevention of Uterine Cervix and Breast cancer.
  3. Extension and strengthening of Diagnostic, Therapeutic services on large scale. 

    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.

Out-reach services

In order 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.



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