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Spotlight on cancer - Thousands benefit from two-day event in Subang Jaya

7 February 2014

IN CONJUNCTION with World Cancer Day, Subang Jaya Sime Darby Medical Centre (SDMC) organised a series of talks by specialist doctors at its Cancer Centre Open Day recently.

Held in collaboration with the Cancer Research Initiative Foundation (Carif), the two-day event attracted more than 2,100 people comprising the general public, cancer patients and their family members who wished to arm themselves with the latest information pertaining to the disease.

The panel of specialists consisted of nine doctors from the Sime Darby Medical Group, including urology consultant/urological surgeon Dr Peter Ng Eng Pin and clinical oncology and radiotherapy specialist Dr Matin Mellor Abdullah.

The panel presented their research and latest discovery on the various types of cancer found in Malaysia.

“A negative biopsy may not necessarily be the decisive result, proving that a person does not have prostate cancer,” said Dr Ng.

“Research has shown that almost 23% of prostate cancer patients only detect the disease after undergoing a second biopsy.

Meanwhile, Dr Matin said: “Almost 30% of women who have undergone Pap smear may receive negative diagnoses although they are actually positive.

“Vaccination to prevent cervical cancer does not necessarily guarantee sexually active women against the risks of contracting the disease.

Besides being exposed to the various early symptoms for detection of the disease, the general public was made aware of the fact that no matter how serious a cancer is, it can be treated if detected during the early stage through various tests currently available.

Other cancer related topics discussed included blood cancer and colon cancer, which were presented by haematology and haemoncology specialist Dr Ng Soo Chin and gastroenterology specialist Datin Dr Sharmila Sachithananadan respectively.

On the second day of the event, five other specialists shared information on liver cancer, breast cancer, nasopharyngeal cancer and lung cancer.

Carif chief executive officer Prof Dr Teo Soo Hwang presented an interesting topic on breast cancer as a genetic disease.

She explained: “Not many know that 90% of cancer cases are not inherited from family members who have cancer, and 30% of cancer can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle.

“Only a handful know that 10% of breast cancer cases are inherited from family members, thus putting them at high risk. For these individuals, genetic tests combined with counselling are very important as they will be monitored right from the very beginning and the cancer can be detected at an early stage.”

Various interesting activities such as cancer prevention exhibition and games were also held throughout the open day.

The public were also given the opportunity to take a tour of the Sime Darby Cancer Centre to learn more about the latest technology and treatments available for cancer patients.

Sime Darby invested more than RM30mil to set up this centre at its 393-bed flagship hospital in Subang Jaya in 2001, with a vision to be a regional centre of excellence for cancer care and treatment.

This article was first published in on 11 March 2013.

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