The Ministry of Health is planning to open new cancer registry centers in 66 provinces to streamline the fight against cancer, the second deadliest disease in the country. The ministry is expecting to open the new cancer registry centers by the end of the year. There are currently 15 registry centers in Turkey; when the project is finished, all 81 provinces will have a registry center.
The centers will enable the Ministry of Health to detect which kinds of cancer are diagnosed more frequently, where those cancers occur and how often certain kinds of cancer are diagnosed in specific areas. The ministry is planning to use this new data to design and implement specific regional treatment programs. For example, the Ministry of Health will focus its efforts against stomach cancer in areas where this cancer is more prevalent.
The data collected will be published regularly on the Ministry of Health's official website.
The director of the Ministry of Health's Cancer Control Department, Professor Murat Gültekin, told Today's Zaman that one of the most effective ways of combating cancer is collecting the right data. “The collection of cancer data helps in determining priorities in the fight against cancer. The active cancer registry plays a key role in using the resources in the most effective and economic ways and planning investments for the treatment of this disease in the country.”
Turkey has a 50 percent cancer registration rate, Gültekin said, adding: “When the number of cancer registry centers is increased to 81, this rate will rise to 100 percent. With this new cancer registry project, people will be able to go online and get accurate information on cancer densities and cancer types in their cities by 2015.”
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