Cervical and breast cancer (the "two cancers") are life-threatening diseases that have affected countless women in recent years. Statistics issued in 2017 by the National Cancer Center indicate 460,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, and nearly one-third of those women are Chinese. The statistics also indicate more than 50,000 Chinese women die from cervical cancer every year. Also, the rate of incidence of breast cancer has increased three percent each year in recent years.
In 2009, the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and China's National Health and Family Planning Commission (CNHFPC) implemented the cancer-screening project. Under the project, rural Chinese women receive free screening for cervical and breast cancer.
The project's aims are to raise awareness about the importance of healthcare and to detect the "two cancers" early, so afflicted women can receive timely medical treatment.
To promote implementation of the cancer-screening project, many cities in East China's Anhui Province during the past decade have regularly provided free screening for the "two cancers" to all women, who are aged 30 or better. By the end of last year, women's federations, at all levels in Anhui Province, allocated a combined 20.39 million yuan (US $3 million) in financial assistance to rural, poverty-stricken women who suffered from cervical and/or breast cancer. Each woman received 10,000 yuan (US $1,639). The money came from a special fund, administered by ACWF to assist rural, poverty-stricken women who suffer from one or both of the "two cancers."
As Spring Festival (on February 5) approached, teams composed of cadres with the federations, headed by the federations' leaders, visited impoverished women, who suffered from cervical and/or breast cancer. The cadres offered daily necessities and provided financial assistance to the women, to help them cover the costs of their cancer treatments. The federations also conducted various activities to publicize information about the cancer-screening project.
(Women of China)
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