All women above age 40 visiting the gynaecology OPDs at the government hospitals in Punjab would be encouraged to get themselves examined on the spot for breast cancer, a spokesperson of health department said here on Sunday.
“The move is aimed at early detection of breast cancer and those with any abnormal lump will be referred for further investigation to rule out the possibility of the disease,” the spokesperson said.
The women visiting dental OPDs would also be scanned. Punjab principal health secretary Vini Mahajan, who initiated the project in consultation with the PGI, Chandigarh, that had come out with a study report of the population-based cancer registry recently, gave directions to the civil surgeons across the state to put up display boards offering the breast cancer detection facility.
The health department would also provide study material regarding types of cancer at all government hospitals, the spokesperson said.