Breast cancer report to be released

THE ALGARVE is among the top regions in Portugal for preventative medicine in relation to breast cancer, according to a report to be released on Tuesday.

The regional health authority will be presenting the first official results of the breast cancer screenings programme in the Algarve.

A preview of the paper was released on Tuesday and shows that a total of 26,203 screenings have been carried out since the programme began in September 2005.

This, the report says, meant that in every 1,000 cancer screenings, at least four confirmed diagnosis were still in time for treatment and cure.

In February this year, a second round of screenings started and 61 per cent of the contacted women responded to the call, up 16 per cent on the response to the first phase.

Breast cancer is the most frequent type of cancer among women in developed countries.

In the Algarve, a total of 175 women are diagnosed every year and 70 end up dying of the disease. The country’s average is  4,000 cases diagnosed annually and 1,500 deaths.

The breast cancer screenings programme results from a partnership between the regional health authority and the Oncologic Association of the Algarve.

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