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All-Ukrainian Seminar on 'Breast Cancer. Methods of Psychological Assistance"

16 October 2013

On 8-12 of October 2013 in Volyn region there was held an All-Ukrainian Seminar on 'Breast Cancer. Methods of psychological assistance", by  All-Ukrainian Union of NGOs " Confederation of NGOs of people with disabilities of Ukraine "supported by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and the State Service for people with disabilities and veterans of Ukraine.
The purpose of the event was to help to raise awareness and promote public awareness among people of Ukraine about the problem of breast cancer, risk factors for breast cancer, early diagnosis and successful treatment of breast cancer, to promote the psychological rehabilitation of women suffering from breast cancer. Incidence of breast cancer in Ukraine, as well as around the world is growing. In the nearest 10 years it is expected that more than 5 million women in the world will be ill with breast cancer and precancerous pathology - in the tens or hundreds of times more.
In Ukraine every 35 minutes is a new case of breast cancer. Every hour the disease kills one woman.
Key factors in the development of breast cancer is unfavourable ecology environment, heredity in terms of cancer, the number of births and abortions, the number of surgical interventions on the breast, hormonal disorders.
Psychological factors are important at all stages of treatment and rehabilitation of women. The most important aspect is the psychological treatment of disease and peculiarities of  psycho-emotional sphere. Features of psycho-emotional sphere determine the quality of life and is also influenced by the internal picture of disease. It is important not only therapeutic, but also psychological phased rehabilitation before surgery and after.
So, as part of the workshop for participants there was conducted a training on counselling for women suffering from breast cancer, and organized a meeting with representatives of Volyn Regional Oncology Centre, Kovel City Centre of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth, Lviv State Experimental Company of vehicles and prosthetics "Ukrprotez" Kovel orthopedic department, the Department of Labour and Social Welfare Kovel of  Volyn oblast, Kyiv city health centre, Cherkasy Regional Centre of Medical and Social Expertise.
Participants discussed urgent issues of improving the quality and availability of medical care for patients with malignant neoplasm, take measures to secondary prevention of cancer, improve treatments, and reduce mortality of cancer patients and mortality from malignant neoplasm.
Confederation holds annual events with women patients with breast cancer.
The event was attended by 100 representatives from 13 regions of Ukraine: Volyn, Zaporizhzhya, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Odesa, Rivne, Sumy, Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Crimea, and Kyiv.