Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Princess Lalla Salma opens nuclear medicine department

In Casablanca on Monday, Princess Lalla Salma, chairwoman of Lalla Salma Association Against Cancer (ALSC), inaugurated the new nuclear medicine department at the Casablanca University Ibn Rochd hospital.
The increased capacity of the new department means that medical tests will be able to increase from 3,500 currently to 4,200 in 2009 and to 5,000 in 2010.

Princess Lalla Salma also launched a breast-cancer screening program by a mobile mammography unit. This program covers 11 prefectures and provinces in the economic capital and targets nearly 520,000 women aged 45 and over.

The mobile teams, consisting of 8 radiologists and 8 technicians, will carry out between 1,800 and 2,400 mammograms per year.


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2008 ALSC prizes awarded to Harald Zur Hausen, Abdessadek Rabieh
Rabat, 23 Nov. 2008 (MAP) - Princess Lalla Salma, chairwoman of Lalla Salma Association Against Cancer (ALSC), on Saturday presided over the award ceremony of national and international ALSC prizes, on the occasion of the national day against cancer.

The international ALSC prize went to German Pr. Harald Zur Hausen, laureate of the "2008 Nobel Prize for Medicine", who dedicated the majority of his works to the discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer.

The national award was given to late Abdessadek Rabieh, a founding member of the Association who spearheaded many of the achievements of the Association.

On this occasion, princess Lalla Salma, spouse of king Mohammed VI, chaired the singing ceremony of a partnership agreement between the Association and InNaBioSanté Foundation, in the presence of Philippe Douste-Blazy, president of this foundation.

By virtue of this agreement, the two parties will carry out common actions in the fields of training, research and the exchange and transfer of expertise.

The princess also chaired the general assembly of Lalla Salma Association Against Cancer, which is a non-profit association whose general strategy is defined by the Board of Directors, chaired by the Princess. It musters 15 members, elected by the General Assembly.

The association fights cancer in Morocco through four intervention fields, as the association brings assistance to patients and relatives, and in particular improving the living condition of cancer-stricken citizens, and of their parents. It is also a source of information and prevention, in addition to providing support to the medical staff and clinical and operational research. The association also provides help and assistance for the creation of oncology centers and their equipment.

In Morocco, the association works in partnership with several bodies, institutions of the private and public sectors, and the Ministry of public health, while abroad, it has partners including international oncology centers and several bodies and associations against cancer.

Some 35,000 to 50,000 new cancer cases are documented each year in Morocco, according to a study carried out by the Association, quoting the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC).