Cyprus Mail

Nicosia to get own breast cancer centre

By Elias Hazou

The Cabinet yesterday gave the nod to the gradual conversion of the breast cancer unit housed at Nicosia general hospital into a dedicated breast cancer centre.

According to an announcement, the policy is in line with the European Parliament resolution on breast cancer, which calls on member states to ensure nationwide provision of interdisciplinary breast centres in accordance with EU guidelines by 2016.

The resolution notes that treatment in an interdisciplinary breast centre has been proved to raise chances of survival and to improve the quality of life.
In the EU, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women aged between 35 and 59.

Among other things, the resolution calls for breast centres to ensure continued treatment to patients with advanced (metastatic) cancer.

Last year, 160 breast cancer patients were referred to Nicosia general’s unit; the number this year is expected to rise to 180. In 2013, 590 new breast cancer cases were diagnosed in Cyprus, among them four men, while 90 women with advanced breast cancer died.

Last month, the Europa Donna Cyprus advocacy group launched a campaign to gather signatures for the establishment of a dedicated breast centre, which experts say will lead to a 30 per cent reduction in the mortality rate.

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