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Ponta Delgada ,  November 13, 2008

Regional secretary for social affairs in the presentation

Government of the Azores faces combat to the breast cancer with hope and optimism

The regional secretary for Social Affairs guaranteed, today, that the Government of the Azores wants to proceed to an investigation of the breast cancer extended to nearly 14 thousand Azorean women, in a year, stemming from this process 1.200 checking appointments, of which around 60 will be able to present neoplastic pathology.

Domingos Cunha, who was speaking in Ponta Delgada in the ceremony of presentation of a Movable Mammography Unity for the Organized Investigation of the Breast Cancer, told that the examinations done with this movable unity establish a protocol celebrated between the Azores Oncology Centre and the Health Units of the Region, being the Azores Nucleus of the Portuguese League Against Cancer with the responsibility of buying the equipments necessary for their reading, through the donation raised by its delegation of the island of S. Miguel, in an indisputable union of synergies on behalf of the health of the Azorean women.

In the opinion of that governor, the acquisition of the movable mammography unity comes to guarantee sustainability to the program of organized investigation promoted by the Regional Government that, so, gives to the beneficiary women bigger confidence in the health services and cares, being able to keep on reckoning with the great sense of responsibility, knowledge and ethics of its professionals.

The regional secretary for Social Affairs pointed out the circumstance of the breast cancer being, today, one of the diseases with bigger impact in the society, for being frequent, for being associated to an image of gravity and for attacking an organ full of symbolism for motherhood and for the feminine identity.

In the Azores, the diagnoses of breast cancer also have been coming to increase according to the data of the Azores Oncologic Register on the incidence of cancer in the Region for the years from 2000 to 2002, he explained.

As he indicated, of a total of 930 new cases of cancer in the feminine sex, 286 were of breast cancer, and of these, 116 turned in deaths, which is equal to a rate of incidence of about 78,8 per each 100 thousand inhabitants.

Before these data, Domingos Cunha emphasized the gravity of the disease and the need, more and more pressing, of betting on the prevention, as soon as, detected on time and treated in the precocious phase, the rate of cure is around the 90 to 95% of the cases.

In this way, and following all the international and national technical and standard directions, the Government of the Azores has like priority for the area of the promotion of health, the program of organized investigation of the breast cancer that will begin on the next 17th of November, in the council of Nordeste, in the island of São Miguel, considering, the regional secretary that this action will be going to contribute, decisively, for the on time search and detection of the pathology in most of the women who live in all the islands.

According to Domingos Cunha, the organized investigation of breast cancer will be extended to the whole Regional Health Service, with the Health Centres of each council having a primordial role of logistic support and in the tasks of sensitization and mobilization of the users and the Hospitals in the execution of the checking appointments, attendance and treatment.

The General Co-ordination and the Operational Direction of the program will be assumed by the Azores Oncology Centre, which will guarantee the process of convocations and re-convocations, the informatics and mammographic archive, the articulation with the Health Centre, the management of the movable unity and the administrative support.

The acquisition of the movable mammography unity and the two reading stations that are complementary to it represented a public investment of 350 thousand euros.


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