Turkey focuses on combating women’s cancer

SSUK/Murat Guner

Despite Turkey having one of the lowest incidences of registered cancer cases in the European Region, both cervical and breast cancer have increased over the past five years. On 3 April 2011, the Cancer Department of the Ministry of Health in Turkey organized an International Symposium to launch “Cancer week 1-7 April 2011”. The Minister of Health of Turkey launched the event emphasizing that 2011 will be dedicated to women’s cancer.

The Minister of Health also gave awards to relevant national contributories for their achievements in helping to fight cancer. Among these was the national coalition on tobacco and health - an umbrella organization including partners from governments and NGOs. On that occasion, the WHO Representative in Turkey commended Turkey on its progress within tobacco control.

Among the international speakers were Dr Eduardo Capaz, President of the Union for International Cancer Control, and Professor Peter Boyle, President of the International Prevention Research Institute.