Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Unit

Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Unit

Unit Head- Consultant Community Physician

This unit is responsible for the cancer prevention, early detection by improving related services in Sri Lanka and to have a close liaison with all development actors, partners and bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors in Sri Lanka.


  • Cancer prevention.
  • Cancer early Detection.
  • Management of Cancer Early Detection center (CEDC).
  • Mainstreaming of cancer prevention services to other sectors.

Terms of reference

  • To work within and support the relevant National Committees and technical working groups to develop and regularly up-date national policies, strategies, guidelines, protocols and frameworks for implementation of prevention & parly detection services in Sri Lanka.
  • To ensure implementation, appropriate extension and be accountable for prevention, & early detection as per national level protocols and provide technical guidance.
  • To collaborate with senior management team of each unit, Non communicable Disease Unit, Family Health Bureau, Health Promotion Bureau and Cancer care hospitals and other relevant authorities in decision making and carrying out of, prevention & early detection services.
  • To work with other NCCP Units to develop comprehensive and coordinated plans for implementation of the National Strategic Plan and other relevant guidelines.
  • To coordinate and work in partnership with public, private, civil society organizations, and development partners at local, national and international level to improve prevention & early detection services.
  • Training and capacity building of individuals/institutions in the public, private and civil society organizations on prevention & early detection services, in partnership with relevant programme areas in the NCCP.
  • To supervise and monitor the quality of prevention & early detection in the programme.
  • To coordinate the activities of the Prevention and Early Detection Technical Committee and provide necessary recommendations to the National Advisory Committee of Cancer Control in Sri Lanka.
  • Provision of technical support, assistance and guidance to provinces, districts and other organizations and agencies in improving quality, supply and access to prevention & early detection services.
  • Provision of timely reports: Prevention, early detection & Diagnostic services.
  • Need assessment and provision of technical assistance for supply and procurement of necessary items or services for Prevention & Early Detection services.
  • To improve and manage the Cancer Early Detection Center at Narahenpita as the National Center of excellence and provide guidance, support and monitor the regional Cancer Early Detection Centers if initiated in the future.