Rural paramedical and medical staff to be trained for cancer prevention

The department of Preventive Oncology at the Tata Memorial Hospital has taken up the initiative of capacity building by training all the paramedical and medical staff of the Maharashtra State Health Services in cancer prevention activities


In the current training programme, the front-line workers  — ANMs, LHVs, PHWs and ASHAs from Pune and Satar district under the Public Health Department, Maharashtra State are being trained for creating the necessary cancer awareness on prevention and early detection of oral, cervical and breast cancers.

Breast, cervix and oral cavity cancers are the top three leading sites of cancer. Prevention is central to reducing or reversing the rise in cancer burden. However, lack of awareness about cancer prevention and health behaviours for early detection of common cancer, is one of the important barriers for people not participating in cancer prevention and screening programs.

For cancer control, Tata Memorial Centre has been taking concerted efforts to build capacity and human resource training capable of providing quality services for cancer care at regional and national level.

 Dr Rajendra Badwe, Tata Memorial Centre said, “It is the mandate of our centre to develop manpower for control of cancer and considers public education as an important component of cancer control programmes which can be effective in leading to lifestyle changes for changing specific risk behaviour and for promoting early cancer detection in the community. “

He added, “The need towards creating adequate Health Promotion about common cancers of oral, breast and cervical cancers, its risks, perceived barriers and misconceptions around cancers that will improve uptake of screening services at the NCD clinics across public health facilities.”

Dr Sharmila Pimple, Professor in Preventive Oncology said, “With this intensive two weeks training the paramedical staff will be able to conduct cancer awareness programmes for the population, identify the early signs of cancer and navigate patients to the accessible health facilities for early diagnosis and further treatment.”

Dr Gauravi Mishra, Professor in the Department of Preventive Oncology said, “In collaboration with IIT Mumbai, we have prepared video-based tutorials on conducting cancer awareness and examinations for early detection of cancer.”