Bringing Cancer Screening to Rural Communities in Indonesia

Effective healthcare is not always available in developing countries, particularly in rural areas. It can be difficult to implement many basic health promotion activities, so screening for diseases often gets lower priority than in developed nations.

Indonesia faces this problem. The lack of accessible treatment is a big concern because it has one of the highest rates of NPC in the world. It is the 4th most common cancer among men in Indonesia, and the most frequent cancer of the head and neck area.

This is why Dutch specialists have been working with local health teams to screen for NPC in Indonesia’s rural communities. The Netherlands Cancer Institute’s department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology partners with the Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, and helps facilitate this initiative. Health teams go right into the rural areas of the country, where many people do not have regular access to healthcare, and screen for NPC. Screening tests are incredibly important in catching NPC early. These screens pinpoint exactly who is at risk, identifying those individuals who would benefit from early treatment, since cancer is much easier to treat at the initial stages.

By bringing screening tests and preventive medicine into rural communities, more people across Indonesia have access to information about NPC and will be able to benefit from early treatment.

 

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