Materia Medica Malaysiana

July 24, 2008

Keeping cervical cancer in check

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 10:11 am

NST: KUALA LUMPUR: A non-governmental organisation has been formed to reduce the high incidence of cervical cancer in Malaysia.
Called Cervical Cancer Awareness Association (Cares) and located at Primanora Medical Centre, it will provide screening and raise awareness among women.
Cares ambassador and Malaysia’s first angkasawan Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor said: “After doing cancer research through the angkasawan programme, my perspective about cancer has changed. That was one of the reasons I decided to support Cares’ efforts.”
Cervical cancer is the second leading cancer after breast cancer, with 2,000 to 3,000 cases detected yearly.
Medical adviser for Cares, Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar, said unlike other cancers, cervical cancer could be prevented.
As part of its programme, a public forum will be held on Aug 10 at Boulevard Hotel, Mid Valley Megamall.

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