300 to be distributed at health event tomorrow
AFREEH – pylori screening and distribution of faecal occult blood testing (FOBT) kits for colon cancer will be held tomorrow at the Caring Society Complex.
Organised by the Penang Senior Citizens Association and National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) (Penang branch), the health event start at 8am.
There will also be a talk on early detection and prevention of stomach and colon cancer by consultant gastroenterologist Datuk Dr Robert Ding.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Thursday, Dr Ding said colorectal cancer was the most common cause of cancer deaths among males in Malaysia.
“The objective of this event is to create public awareness on stomach and colorectal cancer.” “The best method to reduce mortality from this disease is to screen the population at risk and detect the cancer before it reaches the advanced stage” he said.
NCSM representative Wimal Jinadasa urged the public to come for the screening as the disease was preventable, treatable and curable if detected early. “The FOBT is a preliminary screening test for cancer of the colon and rectum.” “The test detects the presence of blood in the stool and has been proven to be an effective screening test for the disease.”
“We are distributing some 300 kits during the event for those above the age of 50 as this is the high risk group.” “Take the kits home and send the sample back to us. We will get is tested and let you know the results,” he said. Wimal said to increase public awareness on the disease, NCSM would bear the cost of the Japan-imported test kits and processing of the lab results.
“It is not cheap but this is our commitment to wage war against cancer.” “Between 1994 and 1998, colorectal cancer was the second most common cancer for males and the third most common for females in Penang,” he said.
Those who cannot make it to the event can still get the test kits from the NCSM which is distributing them for free at its centre until May 31. For details, call 04-2284140 or log on to www.ncsmpenang.org