Na­tional Can­cer Cen­ter, GE fight breast can­cer

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By ZHU WENQIAN zhuwen­qian@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Gen­eral Elec­tric Health­care Co, a leader in the high-end med­i­cal de­vices mar­ket, said it will part­ner with China’s na­tional can­cer cen­ter and work on the re­search and treat­ment of breast can­cer.

The two sides will co­op­er­ate on set­ting stan­dards and guide­lines for the early di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of breast can­cer. They will also co­op­er­ate in other ar­eas, in­clud­ing the clin­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies, the train­ing of doc­tors, vol­un­teer treat­ments, and pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.

In the next five years, GE Health­care plans to co­op­er­ate with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, med­i­cal agen­cies, en­ter­prises and pub­lic wel­fare or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­mote safe and ef­fec­tive meth­ods to screen breast can­cer and raise the early de­tec­tion rate and five-year sur­vival rate, the com­pany said.

Since 2006, GE Health­care has been hold­ing a se­ries of pub­lic wel­fare events on the preven­tion and treat­ment of breast can­cer, and it aims to help women of­fice work­ers, who have a high-risk of get­ting breast can­cer, to ob­tain safe and ac­cu­rate screen­ings.

“In the past decade, our char­ity events have helped more peo­ple re­al­ize the threat of breast can­cer and the sig­nif­i­cance of preven­tion. We need to make fur­ther ef­forts in the next five years,” said Guan Daiy­ing, chief mar­ket­ing direc­tor of GE Health­care in China.

This year, GE Health­care said it would launch mod­els for re­mote read­ing and di­ag­no­sis of ul­tra­sonic in­spec­tion re­sults, and help more women get ad­vanced screen­ings and au­thor­i­ta­tive di­ag­noses.

Also, it will launch large-scale free di­ag­no­sis pro­grams at pub­lic and pri­vate hospi­tals na­tion­wide and pro­vide ser­vices for around 5,000 in­di­vid­u­als, in ad­di­tion to or­ga­niz­ing more pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion events.

Last year, China had 260,000 new cases of breast can­cer. The oc­cur­rence rate stands at the top among all kinds of fe­male tu­mor dis­eases, ac­cord­ing to China’s na­tional can­cer cen­ter.

In the past 10 years, the mor­tal­ity rate from breast can­cer in China has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly. Dur­ing the same pe­riod, the US mor­tal­ity rate from breast can­cer de­creased 2 per­cent an­nu­ally on av­er­age, mainly be­cause of stan­dard­ized screen­ing, early discovery and treat­ment.

In Bei­jing, only 5 per­cent of breast can­cer cases were con­firmed through early screen­ing, ac­cord­ing to the cen­ter. The na­tion lacks con­trols of screen­ing qual­ity, in­clud­ing track­ing of equip­ment and op­er­a­tions. So, there is a need for more high-qual­ity and ef­fec­tive screen­ings.

“The preven­tion and treat­ment of breast can­cer has been the key part of can­cer preven­tion and treat­ment in China,” said Wang Lyuhua, vice-dean of the Can­cer Hos­pi­tal of the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Med­i­cal Sciences.

“It’s highly nec­es­sary to pro­mote stan­dard, safe and ef­fec­tive meth­ods of screen­ing, and raise the lev­els of breast can­cer preven­tion and treat­ment.”

the num­ber of new cases of breast can­cer in China last year

XIN­HUA

An em­ployee of Gen­eral Elec­tric Health­care Co of­fers teach­ers from a Bei­jing-based school for chil­dren of mi­grant work­ers free med­i­cal check cards.

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