In order to provide the preventive medical care to the women of Malwa region– the hotspot of cancer cases in Punjab, the State Health Department on Thursday introduced an advanced cancer mobile van which is enabled with latest screening facilities.

Health and Family Welfare Minister BrahmMohindra flagged off the advanced cancer detection mobile van aimed for early detection of the symptoms of deadly disease under state government’s Tandrust (healthy) Mission Punjab initiative.

Flagging off the van from outside the official residence of the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday, the Health Minister pointed out that identification of the disease at the onset was vital to combat it besides ensuring the high survival rate.

Cancer was the second leading cause of deaths after cardiovascular diseases. “Its increasing incidences only underscore the urgent need for us to focus on primary prevention by screening through Mamography and Pap Smear tests among women”, Mohindra added. He also pointed out that reluctance of women in rural areas at times leads to late detection which proves fatal. “This van has been launched to especially cater to those women at their doorstep”, the Health Minister added.He exhorted Punjabi diaspora to complement state government’s efforts to provide holistic medical care to all.Stating the rising cases of cancer especially in four districts of Malwa including Sri Muktsar Sahib, Mansa, Bhatinda and Ferozpur, the Health Minister said that it was a matter of great concern that cancer incidence in this area was 107 per Lakh.

Mohindra said HomiBhabha Cancer Super Specialty Hospital at Sangrur and Advanced Cancer treatment and Research Center at Bathinda are equipped with the latest diagnostic and curative facilities.

He said the services including Radiotherapy with Cobalt and Brachytherapy were serving hundreds of patients every year.