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February 17, 2019

Health & Sports Ministry commemorates World Cancer Day with fitness dance

Staff from the Department of Sport and Physical Education and the Ministry of Health and Sports listen to a speech on cancer awareness before engaging in a collective physical fitness dance, at a ceremony to mark World Cancer Day held in Nay Pyi Taw.  photo: mna
Staff from the Department of Sport and Physical Education and the Ministry of Health and Sports listen to a speech on cancer awareness before engaging in a collective physical fitness dance, at a ceremony to mark World Cancer Day held in Nay Pyi Taw.  photo: mna

World Cancer Day 2019 was commemorated with an awareness raising event and physical exercise ceremony at Nay Pyi Taw’s Wunna Theikdi Stadium (B) yesterday morning.
Dr. Mya Lay Sein, Deputy Minister for Health and Sports, delivered the opening speech. She first said the ceremony marks World Cancer Day 2019-2021, with methods to prevent and treat cancer put into practice in 2008. The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to implement early preventive measures and significantly reduce death caused by cancer. Every year, about 9.6 per cent of the global population dies from cancer. The Deputy Minister said we must educate ourselves to figure the first signs of cancer. She encourages the two main methods to reduce risk of cancer: regular 30-minute walks every day and reducing stress. She said the old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ truly applies in this context and urged everyone to perform daily physical exercise to reduce stress and ward off cancer.
Next, Dr. Khin Khin Nwe, an oncologist from Nay Pyi Taw 1,000-bed General Hospital, led the cancer awareness program. She said the cancer rate in Myanmar has been increasing recently, with men developing oral cancer from excessive betel nut consumption, in addition to lung cancer, and head cancer the most, and women developing breast cancer and endometrial cancer the most.
Afterwards, staff from the Department of Sport and Physical Education and the Ministry of Health and Sports engaged in a collective physical fitness dance.
According to the official website of World Cancer Day: 2019 marks the launch of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. ‘I Am and I Will’ is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future. —MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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