Dr Tony Branson, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, breast cancer specialist, and a clinical lead for the Northern Cancer Alliance, said: "Alcohol increases the risk of at least seven different types of cancer, including bowel, mouth, liver and breast cancer". It is celebrated on Feb 4 annually with the aim of avoiding preventable deaths through early detection and raising awareness and knowledge amongst individuals, family members and communities.
In a press conference, PN MEP Francis Zammit Dimech, PN MP Stephen Spiteri and former MP and doctor Michael Asciak delivered the proposals on the occasion of World Cancer Day.
Every 9th woman is at high risk of breast cancer and a total of 10.2 million women are at stake.
Early detection, screening, and diagnosis have been proven to significantly improve patient survival rates and quality of life as well as significantly reduce the cost and complexity of cancer treatment. In Samoa, cancer runs second in terms of diseases with the largest number of fatalities.
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The remaining 90% of those left over will develop a cancer symptom, such as a seizure resulting from a brain tumour or a lump resulting in breast cancer and will consult their GP.
Making a statement on Wold Cancer Day 2019, the body said "Unfounded rumours about HPV vaccines continue to unnecessarily delay or impede the scaling up of the vaccination, which is so urgently needed to prevent cervical cancer".
Over half a million (570,000) new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed a year ago. This is done by implementing systematic, equitable and evidence-based strategies for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliation using available resources. It's well known obesity is connected to diabetes, but it's also linked to breast and colon cancer. Unfortunately, today in Kenya and most African countries, cancer is being diagnosed very late when treatment is less effective, "said Korir". In 2018, the disease led to almost 7 lakh deaths.
In Rwanda, screening can be done in 26 hospitals and 240 health centres. In the US, the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with cervical cancer at the advanced stage is just 15%, compared to 93% when the cancer has not spread. Nearly ten thousand new patients register very year with SKMCH&RC.It is providing financially supported cancer treatment to 75% of its patients since 1994, and more than Rs39 billion has been spent on free cancer treatment till date. The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer and it is an opportunity to rally the worldwide community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer. Education on the symptoms of cancer has also helped with early diagnosis as it is estimated that one in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime. "By having a regular Pap, you can prevent cervical cancer".