Ways to improve screening of cervical cancer in Mongolia under discussion

2018-11-14 18:02:49

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/ The 13rd National Oncologists Forum kicked off today at Blue Sky Hotel, Ulaanbaatar. The forum will last for two days. Within the forum, a meeting themed ‘Ways to improve early detection and screening of cervical cancer in Mongolia’ is being held today.

According to data of National Cancer Center, a number of cervical cancer cases tend to increase in Mongolia. In Mongolia, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women and the fifth common cause of deaths. Four hundred cases are reported, and as many as 140 women in the country die from cervical cancer every year.

A new screening system is one of substantial works to reduce incidence of cervical cancer and death in Mongolia. Funded with the health project of the Millennium Challenge Account Mongolia, the National Cancer Center introduced a new screening system nationwide in 2012. Since then 422 thousand women of target ages (30-60 years old) have been involved in the screening, with 40 percent of involvement of all target aged women. As a result, 461 women have been detected to have cervical cancer. According to its 2030 target, WHO seeks to eliminate cervical cancer incidence to 4 per 100,000. Mongolia is one of 17 countries that will receive WHO’s support to reach the target.

The meeting is discussing outcomes of cervical cancer screening and pressing issues and policy and directions to be adhered further and a recommendation will be issued. Representatives from the Ministry of Health, WHO, UN Joint Global Program, International Agency for Research on Cancer, National Cancer Center of Mongolia and others are attending the meeting.