Over 50,000 Changchun Women to Receive Free Cancer Screenings

August 16, 2013
Editor: Liu Yunting

 

More than 50,000 impoverished women in Changchun, capital city of northeast China's Jilin Province, will receive free cervical and breast cancer screenings from 2013 to 2015, according to the city's Working Committee on Women and Children. [Beijing Evening News]

More than 50,000 impoverished women in Changchun, capital city of northeast China's Jilin Province, will receive free cervical and breast cancer screenings from 2013 to 2015, according to the city's Working Committee on Women and Children. [Beijing Evening News]

More than 50,000 impoverished women in Changchun, capital city of northeast China's Jilin Province, will receive free cervical and breast cancer screenings from 2013 to 2015, according to the city's Working Committee on Women and Children.

The program is offered to women between 35 and 59 and is expected to benefit the first 15,000 women by September 15, 2013.

Statistics show that the program has made great achievements over the past four years, with approximately 125,000 women across the city having received free cervical cancer screenings. Meanwhile, the Changchun Women's Federation and the Working Committee on Women and Children of Changchun have worked with several other government departments to raise more than 2.8 million yuan (US$ 458,080) to subsidize the treatment of 249 needy cervical or breast cancer patients.

Jointly launched by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), former Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance in July 2009, the breast and cervical cancer screening project aims to enable early diagnoses and provide easier access to medical treatment for women. Due to its remarkable achievements in improving women's health, the government has decided to extend the program until 2015.

With 355 million yuan (US$55.6 million) in government funding, the program has enabled 11.69 million rural women to receive free cervical cancer tests, as well as another 1.46 million women to receive breast cancer tests, during a trial period that ran from 2009 to 2011. The Ministry of Finance allocates 50 million yuan (US$7.8 million) every year to help disadvantaged women pay for cancer treatments.

(Source: Changchun Evening News / Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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