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6th National Breast Cancer Awareness Conference held in Skopje

October 08
03:31 2013

Skopje, 7 October 2013 (MIA) - To raise public awareness on the importance of preventive checkups and early detection of breast cancer, which is of major significance in the fight against the disease, was the goal of the sixth national breast cancer awareness conference taking place Monday evening.

Biba Dodeva, president of the Borka association for the fight against breast cancer, said in her speech that the conference marked the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed across the globe in October.

"The citizens in Macedonia in the past few years have demonstrated an increasing awareness when it comes to cancer, especially breast cancer. The number of preventive checkups is on the rise. Lectures, debates to encourage women to take care of their own health will be held in the next three months," Dodeva said adding that a so called 'pink caravan' was about to take place to inform women about breast cancer symptoms, treatment and therapy.

"We have the power to organize ourselves and to raise awareness on the fight against breast cancer," urged the wife of the US ambassador, Mary Jo Wohlers.

Speaking at the event, First Lady Maja Ivanova said "to create a healthy population, healthy generations by providing health services affordable for the citizens is an obligation of the country we live in."

"I commend all the activities carried out by the relevant state institutions in the fight against breast cancer. I am convinced that today's conference wouldn't have been so successful without the true fighters, all the breast cancer survivors who are with us tonight," she stressed.

Health Minister Nikola Todorov said his ministry was taking measures to follow the latest achievements and methods applied around the world on early detection of malignant diseases.

Official data show that in Macedonia the number of patients with malignant diseases, most notably with breast cancer, is surging. ba/21:31