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Faith Castro
February 4, 2019

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.

According to Croatian Institute of Public Health data (HZJZ), a fifth cycle of inviting women aged 50-59 to mammogram check-ups is under way as part of the National Breast Cancer Early Detection Programme.

MEP Francis Zammit Dimech said that in Malta, there are around 2,000 cases of cancer each year, and 900 deaths from it. At the same time, with the increased aging population, environmental degradation and food safety issues, the incidence of cancer in China has seen an upward trend for many years.

Pakistan's health sector does not contain enough facilities to provide service to all cancer patients.

As the treatment is very expensive therefore, medical technology at SKMCH&RC is regularly being updated. In the wake of this, this February 4 we should conduct awareness campaigns on how to protect against cancer and ask people to get themselves checked regularly so that early stage detection are made and lives are saved. In 2018 alone, Rs. 80 million was spent on the purchase of four state-of-the-art machines including 3-Tesla MRI, Tomosynthesis digital mammography, Low-dose chest CT scan, Tesla MRI, 160 slice CT system.

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Doctors and Cancer experts said that all types of cancers are curable if they are diagnosed at early stages and proper medical care is provided. According to the American Cancer Society, people lose weight at least once when suffering from the disease. The sooner one notices any problem, the sooner one can begin to take the steps necessary to promote healing within the body. Second, lifestyle has a major role to play here and it's not just bad habits, it's also lack of physical activity in the sedentary lifestyles led, with risk factors like obesity and improper diet habits.

The screening also targets women aged thirty years and above, since the risk is more as age advances. Screening identifies at most 10% of total cancers due to a combination of the type of cancers and the age groups offered screening. Women with low immunity such as those on Immunosuppressive Therapy including steroids, women with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection or those in the post-transplant category, are also at an increased risk for Cervical Cancer.

In Rwanda, screening can be done in 26 hospitals and 240 health centres.

On personal level, with little effort, these relatively simple risk reduction strategies can help one to virtually eliminate cancer risk, and radically improve chances of recovering from cancer if one has it.

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