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Cancer awareness campaign to focus on early diagnosis

Cancer specialists perform medical checkup at patients. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Cancer specialists perform medical checkup at patients. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 24 Aug — A public awareness campaign about the prevention and early detection of eight common types of cancer will take place in Taungoo, Bago Region during September and October, announced a local non-profit organisation on Monday.
The local non-profit Golden Rose Cancer Foundation is teaming up with the Myanmar Medical Association to roll out the campaign, which will include free medical check-ups and blood tests for those who attend the health seminars, said the foundation’s Secretary General, Dr Moe Aung Kyaw Naing.
“The free tests include screening for Hepatitis B and diabetes, as these people with these illnesses are at an increased risk of getting certain types of cancer,” he said.
Cancer specialists will give short talks on different types of cancer, such as prostate, liver and mouth, with each specialist focusing on risk factors and possible warning signs that could lead to early detection.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, breast and ovarian cancers are the most common types of cancer found in Myanmar women, while lung and colon cancers are most prevalent among men.
“Lifestyle-related risk factors, such as excessive levels of drinking and smoking among men, explain why these cancers are more prevalent,” Dr Moe Aung Kyaw Naing.
The two organisations will also hold a conference on cancer treatments in October in Yangon.—GNLM

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