World Cancer Day raises awareness for early detection and research


Cancer is now becoming a major public health problem in China. "So at 21 that's when cervical cancer screenings should be done for your average patient".

Our goal may be to "Beat Cancer Sooner" but the current system is pretty much certain to "Beat Cancer Later".

An estimated 60 per cent of cancer cases in the country are detected at late stages, either Stage III or IV, said Malaysia's Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has noted that the observance of the World Cancer Day is an opportunity to enhance awareness for the prevention, timely detection and proper treatment of Cancer which can improve the chances of survival.

They made the call at a discussion titled "Oral Cancer: Bangladesh Perspective" arranged by Bangladesh Oral Cancer Society at Jaitya Press Club marking World Cancer Day. Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis, it is not without hope?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection that is passed between people through skin-to-skin contact.

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The experts stressed that both men and women should be vaccinated against HPV before they become sexually active, particularly between the age group of nine to 26. HPV is sexually transmitted, but penetrative sex is not required for transmission; genital contact is a well-recognised mode of transmission.

The situation in Pakistan is very alarming as after cardiovascular diseases, cancer has the second highest reason of deaths. The WHO has identified what it says are five behavioral and dietary risks for a human: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.

Nsabimana got to know that she had cancer in 2003. We need a shift of mindset to change from taking an early cancer screening to applying professional early prevention and control techniques.

Yet, some studies have shown that breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and pancreatic cancer are rather associated with eating high fat and high protein food, and physical inactivity.

The UN's World Health Organisation recommends vaccination of all girls, and screening and treatment for older women to reduce cancer risk. Since 2010, the vaccine has been available for free to all girls in their first year of secondary school. The vaccine is most effective when administered between the ages of nine and 14.

With this in mind, I've been working with the NHS in the setting up of a number of Multi-Disciplinary Diagnostic Centres (MDDCs) where it's possible to send a patient who has a general symptom, for example loss of weight or stomach pain, to have a number of different tests carried out all in one visit to speed up diagnosis.