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India launches plan for national cancer screening programme

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5574 (Published 17 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5574
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. Kolkata

The Indian government has published an operational framework for the country’s first national cancer screening programme, scheduled to start in November 2016.1 There will be mandatory screening for oral, breast, and cervical cancer in people over the age of 30 in 100 districts of India before the programme expands to other areas.

The Indian health minister, Jagat Prakash Nadda, said in a statement, “I am happy that my ministry has developed an operational framework for the screening and management of common cancer . . . This framework provides mechanisms to ‘operationalise’ screening and management of common cancer at field …

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