NHM organises workshop on ‘Breast Cancer’

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National Health Mission (NHM) in collaboration with Biocon Limited, Bangalore and AHA regional chapter, Jammu on Saturday organised a day-long workshop on Breast Cancer “Early Detection and Referring to Right Centre” here at hotel Lords Inn Jammu.  
Dr Yashpal Sharma, mission director, NHM, Jammu and Kashmir, while inaugurating the workshop, welcomed the participants and highlighted the objectives of the workshop. 
He said that breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the world and most frequent cancer in women with an estimate of 25% of new cases diagnosed of all cancers every year with an increase in incidence in younger age group also. 
“There is need of early detection of cancer for which he emphasized screening at the primary level and referral of suspected cases to secondary and tertiary care for diagnosis and treatment,” Sharma said. 
“Primary health care is limited to reproductive child health and communicable diseases which address only 20% of the health care need,” he further said. 
Dr Pawan Malhotra, Director ASCOMS while addressing the participants, appreciated the efforts of National Health Mission in providing health care facilities to common people from primary to tertiary level. 
He focused on the risk factors for all non-communicable diseases, which include tobacco and alcohol use, high salt intake, obesity and high blood pressure. 
He said that the workshop shall raise the concepts of the service providers at all levels of health care facilities, and sought suggestions from the participants for improving the early detection and referral mechanism of the suspected cases of cancer.
Dr Muhammad Shafi Koka, state nodal officer, NHM, while addressing the participants in the valedictory session thanked Sandeep Mohan, associate director, Biocon Limited, Bangalore along with his team and Academy of Hospital Administration, regional chapter, Jammu, for their support in organizing the workshop in the state. 
He requested the officers of health department to follow the processes in letter and spirit for raising the awareness among the common masses and improving the healthcare at primary level. 
Dr Sunil Gupta, medical oncologist, Venkteshwara Hospital, New Delhi, Dr Vikas Roshan, radiation oncologist Narayana Hrudayalaya, Super Speciality Hospital and Dr Deepak Abrol, Department of Radiotherapy, GMC, Jammu were among the experts who gave detailed power point presentations and oriented the participants about various aspects of breast cancer. 

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