Preventive programs

Cervical cancer prevention program

The program is intended for women between the ages of 25 and 60.

Program measures are applied once every three years

Cervical cancer affects women all over the world. It is the second most common form of cancer diagnosed in women under the age of 45. Cervical cancer is one of the three leading causes of cancer-related death in women worldwide. Only breast and lung cancer claim more victims. Symptoms of cervical cancer are rarely noticed, which is why this disease is called “silent”. In most cases, uncontrolled precancerous changes and cervical cancer develop over several years. A Pap test or Pap smear is a way to check for cervical cancer. The good news is that with regular check-ups, there are many opportunities for early diagnosis and successful treatment. During a Pap test, a cervical smear is taken. A doctor, gynecologist or other medical worker gently removes a few cells from the surface of the cervix with a special brush or spatula. The cells are then examined under a microscope for early changes. If changes are detected, you will be immediately offered further tests and recommended possible treatment.

Breast cancer screening mammography program

The program is intended for women between the ages of 50 and 69.

Program measures are applied once every two years.

Mammography is an X-ray examination of the breasts, which is used to detect small changes in the breasts. More than 70 percent of all breast cancer cases occur in women over 40 years of age. During the X-ray examination of the breast, it is possible to notice subtle changes, which would be possible to feel only after 1.5-2 years. Studies have shown that mammograms reduce women’s mortality from breast cancer by as much as 35 percent. Women younger than 40 are less likely to have a mammogram because breast cancer is not a common disease in women of this age, and their breast tissue is dense and changes are more difficult to detect on x-rays. However, if there is a family history of breast cancer (mother, sister, etc.), a woman should start mammograms at a younger age than her relative was when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. We also suggest breast x-rays before starting hormone replacement therapy.

Since many women’s breasts become firm before menstruation, the best time to examine the breasts is immediately after menstruation (first week). Previous mammograms (if any) should be brought to the doctor’s visit so that they can be compared with the new ones.

Colon cancer early diagnosis program

The program is intended for persons between 50 and 75 years of age.

Program measures are applied once every two years.

Colorectal cancer is the most common cancer in developed countries and the second leading cause of death in Europe among men and women. Colon cancer is one of the most common oncological diseases in Lithuania.

About 1,500 new cases of the disease are diagnosed each year and this number is increasing every year. If colon cancer is detected in the early stages, its treatment can be effective. Unfortunately, the patient does not feel any symptoms of the disease for a long time, which is why stage IV colon cancer is often detected in Lithuania, and it is no longer possible to completely cure it. Therefore, the goal of the Colon Cancer Early Diagnosis Program is to improve the clarity of the early stages of this cancer and reduce the mortality rate due to this disease.

Cardiovascular disease prevention program

The program is intended for women aged 50 to 65, men aged 40 to 55.

Program measures are applied once a year.

Cardiovascular diseases all over the world are associated with the wrong lifestyle of people: unhealthy diet (too much fat, cholesterol, salt in food), smoking, reduced physical activity, overweight and untreated high blood pressure or diabetes. Foreign and domestic experience shows that it is possible to prevent many cardiovascular diseases and prolong people’s lives. For this, it is necessary to understand the nature of the disease, to identify the risk factors that promote it and to fight against them persistently. We must first want to change ourselves and decide to change our lifestyle.

Prostate cancer early diagnosis program

The program is for men aged 50 to 75 and men aged 45 and over whose parents or siblings have had prostate cancer.

Program measures are applied once every two years.

Prostate cancer is the most common oncological disease in Lithuanian men. According to specialists, preventive examinations are necessary because the patient does not feel any symptoms of prostate cancer for a long time. The data of recent years show that in Lithuania, men are no less concerned about cancer prevention than women, so the most recently launched prostate cancer prevention program is being actively implemented.

Program for covering children's molars with sealants

The program is intended for children from 6 to 14 years of age for the prevention of caries on the chewing surfaces of permanent molars.

Swedish researchers have found that if children are covered with sealants in time, even after 8 years, the chance of tooth decay is reduced by 80-90%. Tooth decay is very common in Lithuania: even 94 percent. teeth of six-year-old children – already damaged by caries. Older children’s teeth are even worse. Caries has damaged from 69 to 98 percent. twelve-year-olds and from 84 to 100 percent. fifteen-year-old teeth. Sealant coating of permanent molar teeth is provided by personal health care institutions that have concluded contracts with territorial health insurance funds for the provision of dental assistance services or for the provision and payment of services for coating children’s molar teeth with sealants.

Dental sealants are performed by dentists with assistants or oral hygienists.

Teeth covered with sealants are checked after 3 months, then during every preventive check-up.

If the sealant falls out, the procedure of covering the molars with sealants is repeated.