Early Cancer Diagnosis and Awareness in Turkey

Partnership objective

Help fight against cancer through creating early diagnosis and screening centres and supporting awareness programs.

Ketem in Ankara Ketem in Ankara Copyright Roche

What are the health needs and challenges?

Improving knowledge of health, particularily around cancer, and building healthcare capacity is a priority for the Ministry of Health of Turkey. To create new models in cancer control and reduce cancer mortality rates, the ministry has built Cancer Early Diagnosis Screening and Training Centres (KETEMs) throughout the country.

The KETEMs are equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment and conduct screening programs for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. The centres also serve to drive awareness of the importance of prevention and early diagnosis in cancer.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In 2009 Roche supported construction of a KETEM in the capital city of Turkey, Ankara. Today it is one of around 200 KETEMs located throughout the country.

Awareness of the importance of prevention and early diagnosis in increasing the chances of survival is paramount in fighting cancer. So Roche partnered with the Ministry of Health to organise training sessions for healthcare professionals and the public and to improve early stage diagnosis in line with established screening standards.

As part of the drive to raise awareness and encourage people to visit KETEMs, Roche supported the nationwide Blue Bicycle: Hit the Road for Cancer Early Diagnosis campaign in partnership with the Turkish Bicycle Federation and Ministry of Health. Participants in the bike ride, which was held each year from 2006 to 2011, completed six laps of a course that passed through 26 cities, and involved over >10,000 people. Roche made a donation on behalf of each participant to KETEMs in all cities visited by the riders.

During the event, local medical doctors in each city conducted cancer seminars for the public.

Summary of impact and forward looking information 

Currently, close to 200 KETEMs are operational, and at least one in each province is integrated into a government hospital. 23 of the KETEMs are mobile. Each KETEM is designed to render services for populations of 250,000.

In 2016, it is planned to open 40 more KETEMs where patients can be screened for several cancer types.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Roche

Partner(s) Turkish Ministry of Health

Type of Partner(s) Government

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health, Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Financial Support, Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals, Men, Patients in needs of treatment, Women

Region(s) Europe & Central Asia

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Turkey

Start Date 2006

More information Roche Access to Healthcare

Anticipated completion date Ongoing