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International Child Cancer day: thanks to Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, children and internally displaced persons will undergo a free medical check

15.02.2018

In Ukraine, 1,000 children are diagnosed with oncological diseases every year. More than 45% of these patients can become healthy. Experts say that this figure is directly related to diagnostics. The earlier a patient is diagnosed, the more chances he has to overcome an ailment.

“The check is impossible without consumable items. The Foundation helps to purchase them for six oncological clinics in Western Ukraine,” Iryna Temerko, the Programmes and Projects Manager of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, says. “These clinics have the most up-to-date equipment purchased by the Foundation. This year, more than 100 children and adults from among IDPs will be able to undergo a free medical check.”

Thanks to Rinat Akhmetov Foundation’s “Cancer is curable” programme, between 2008 and 2014, 15 units of medical equipment were purchased to detect and treat cancer. These are computer tomographs and linear accelerators - the most up-to-date equipment of the European level. Over the period the project is in operation, tens of thousands of people were diagnosed and treated.

“The distinguishing characteristic of these devices is that they do not hurt the patient's healthy tissues, but are aimed only at the target - a tumour,” Zhanna Staromynska, the head of the radiation therapy department at Volyn Region Oncology Dispensary, says. “We have people with different pathologies, most often rectal, bladder, brain cancer and lymphomas. Unfortunately, there are many children among those who seek treatment.”

More than a third of all cancer cases are diagnosed in later stages. At the same time, doctors assure, timely diagnostics allows to cure cancer in almost half of the patients.

We remind you that February 15 is an International Child Cancer day.

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