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Breast cancer screening age window extended to 74

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The health ministry on Friday announced that it has widened the eligibility window for breast cancer screenings to 74.

Based on a cabinet decision, as part of the ministry’s policy for the prevention and early treatment of breast cancer, the new eligibility window will be between the ages of 45 and 74, aiming to cover 60 per cent of the population.

This is also taking into account the recommendation of the National Cancer Committee which is based on the new EU guidelines.

“Breast cancer is the most commonly detected cancer among women worldwide, with an incidence of 12 per cent, meaning it affects one in eight women,” the ministry said in a written announcement, adding it is the second deadliest cancer, after lung cancer.

“The disease’s mortality rate has decreased significantly in recent years despite the increasing rate of new cases, and this is mainly attributed to its diagnosis in earlier stages thanks to the widespread application of screenings, but also progress in the therapeutic approach,” the announcement added.

To ensure the smooth operation of the programme, those eligible for a screening will gradually be invited to express their interest in participating, within the framework of the already existing procedure and upon receipt of a relevant letter/invitation.

The announcement also noted that breast cancer screenings are not currently offered through national health scheme Gesy as they are part of a public health programme.

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