Gynaecological cancer detection camp

Special Correspondent

Incidence of gynaecological cancers high in economically weaker sections

COIMBATORE: Gem Hospital in the city will conduct a week-long free camp from March 14 to detect and treat gynaecological cancer, hospital director C. Palanivelu said in a press release on Thursday.

People diagnosed with cancer could avail themselves of the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme for Life-saving Treatment if they were eligible for it. For more details, the public could contact the hospital on the following numbers: 0422-2325100, 2325105 and 90039-32323. For registration for screening, contact 0422-2224105.

Dr. Palanivelu said the incidence of gynaecological cancers was high in the country, especially among women in the economically weaker sections.

Women in rural areas were vulnerable to cancer of the cervix, with poor hygiene being one of the factors.

Cancer registries in the country revealed that more than 70 per cent of patients turned up for diagnosis and treatment when the disease was at an advanced stage. This resulted in high mortality rate.

The National Cancer Control Programme emphasised the importance of early detection and treatment.

Cancer screening programmes were vital for early detection, especially for women in the economically weaker sections.