March 13- 15 2020: A medical caravan for breast and cervical screening

Breast Cancer Screening

 

Medical Campaign for breast and cervical screening launches by the Anouar Association offers medical services in several specialties for the benefit of the inhabitants of Ait Faska and its region.

 

After the campaign of cataract surgery medical caravan in February 2020, it is the turn of another medical campaign of Anouar Association to host the screening campaign for breast and cervical cancer in women from March 13 to March 15, 2020.

 

Initiated by the Anouar Association, it intends to mobilize in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Morocco Association for Solidarity, the Regional Directorate of Health in Al Haouz province, the (Moroccan Red Crescent), a highly specialized medical team to screen hundreds of women in Ait Faska.

 

According to the President of the Anouar Association, Mr. Mohamed Dekkak, this operation will enable the inhabitants of Ait Faska to benefit from medical services in various specialties, including, gynecology, early detection of breast and cervical cancer.

 

It also aims to facilitate the population’s access to specialized care services, by making them benefit from specialized medical consultations, to strengthen medical services in Ait Faska and to reduce spatial inequalities in the health field.

 

Doctors will screen for cervical cancer early with a Pap smear. It is also about examining the breasts to detect palpable tumors, as well as additional examinations if needed. Patients will be greeted, sensitized, listened to, then diagnosed and referred to the closest oncology centers. The objective of the campaign is to screen hundreds of women aged 40 to 69 for breast cancer and women aged 30 to 49 for cervical cancer. This local action goes hand in hand with a skills development program for local medical teams.

 

The screening campaign will start with the training of health care providers in teaching the practical acts of IVA and colposcopy. The medical campaign will take place on March 13- 15, 2020 at Anouar Association community center in Ait Faska and will be led by specialists trained in the field.

 

Importance of screening

 

In Morocco, breast and cervical cancers are a real public health problem, they are the most frequent because they represent around 5 out of 10 cancers in women. They are diagnosed at very late stages which delays their therapeutic management and makes their recovery difficult.

 

Since the implementation of the PNPCC in 2010, breast cancer has been screened at the national level, that of cervical cancer has been offered in six regions and will be extended to all healthcare establishments. Basic health care within a maximum of five years.

 

Early diagnosis services for these two cancers are currently available at the reproductive health reference centers.

 

All types of treatment (chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery) are currently standardized in the form of protocols and are possible in the various oncology centers.

 

Screening tests and target population 

 

The clinical examination of the breasts and the visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid are the screening tests for breast and cervical cancer selected by the Moroccan early cancer detection program. They are acceptable, inexpensive and reliable.

 

The target population for breast cancer screening is represented by all women aged 45 to 69 and also women with a family history of breast cancer (mother, grandmother, aunt, sister). All women who have already had breast cancer are excluded from the program. To ensure good coverage and effective screening for breast cancer, screening should be repeated every year or at least every two years if the result of the previous test is negative.

 

The target population for cervical cancer screening concerns all women aged 30 to 49 years. Excluded from the program are women who have already had cervical cancer and pregnant women from the 8th week. The objective of this screening is to detect precancerous lesions, to treat them and to avoid the appearance of cervical cancer. To ensure good coverage and good effectiveness of cervical cancer screening, screening should be repeated every three years if the result of the previous test is negative.

 

This caravan will benefit hundreds of residents, most of whom are women and children in the rural community of Ait Faska. A team of medical specialists, nurses and volunteers will mobilize to ensure the smooth running of this operation, which will be on March 13- 15, 2020.

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