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Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Health and the Supporting Fund for Cancer Patients – Bright Future on October 14 jointly launched a campaign to give free breast cancer screening for 10,000 women from 40 years old nationwide.

The fund will coordinate with hospitals and family clinics in major cities of Hanoi , Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City in implementing the campaign, which runs from October 22 to November 12.

During the event, which marks the 86th anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Union and responds to the world month for breast cancer prevention, 12,000 women involving in the 2015 campaign will also receive free screening, helping them form a habit of taking regular health check-ups.

Free screening registration can be made through website or by calling to hotline 0888969695 or 0888966466 in working time as well as at hospitals joining the campaign.

In Vietnam, breast cancer is one of top 10 most popular diseases among women. In 2010, the country has over 12,500 cases and the figure is predicted to reach 22,600 by 2020.

According to Nguyen Van Thuan, Director of the Vietnam National Cancer Hospital and Vice President cum Director of the Supporting Fund for Caner Patients – Bright Future, 80 percent of breast cancer cases can be treated successfully if they are diagnosed early. The ratio is 60 percent for the second stage and lower in the next stages.

Screening for early cancer detection right after women turn to the high-risk age of 40 is very significant for treatment, he stressed.-VNA