From September 25 to October 3, a vast screening campaign for breast and cervical cancer is being conducted in the provinces of Oued Eddahab and Aousserd. It is initiated by the Phosboucraa Foundation, in collaboration with the Regional Directorate of Health of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, the Lalla Salma Foundation -Prevention and Treatment of Cancers, and the Moroccan Association for Public and Environmental Health (AMSPEV).
The aim is to screen over 3,000 women. In detail, 2,050 between age range of 40-69 for breast cancer and 1,370 between 30-49 years old for cervical cancer. After having examined them, the medical team will raise their awareness, listen to them and refer them if necessary to the nearest oncology centers.
This action goes hand in hand with the training of 25 care providers as part of the skills development program for local medical teams. Moreover, a research study to determine the infection responsible for uterine cancer in the southern regions will also be launched. This study, the first of its kind in the region, will help determine the circulating genotypes of HPV (human papillomavirus) most common among women in different regions of the kingdom.