By Roshinee.S

KAMPAR, March 2 – UTAR Faculty of Science Department of Biomedical Science students, Perak campus organised Cancer Awareness, Talks and Exhibition. This Talks and Exhibition held at IDK3 UTAR Perak Campus on 2nd March 2017. Around 20 students and 2 lecturers participated in this talk and exhibition.

At the 9.45a.m arrival of a speaker which are from MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional) or National Cancer Council Ms.Syazwani bt Hamzah staff nurse from Oncology ward UKM, Mr.Amar Asyraf bin Rajmi, executive of Fund Development and their colleagues.

At 10.00a.m, Mr Amar, first speaker started briefing about their organisation. He said that Majlis Kanser Nasional or National Cancer Council is a not-for-profit organisation registered under the Registrar of Societies on 10th November 1994 and officially launched in March 1995.It was founded by Dato’ Mohd Ariffin in Kuala Lumpur.

He also stated their main objectives is to pool and utilise all expertise and finance from all sectors of society and to fight cancer and reduce the related pain, morbidity and suffering that cancer patients and their families often undergo. The organization is named after the Malay Language word for “meaning” (makna) and its slogan is A Meaning to Life.

Nextly, they start up with second speaker Ms.Syazwani. Ms.Syazwani mention that there are several types of cancer such as lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer and etc. She mainly focuses on lung cancer and breast cancer.

Presently, lung cancer is the second cause of cancer deaths in Malaysia. In fact, 95% of lung cancer patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. She said that lung cancer is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the lungs. It producing a growth called tumours. It can spread to invade and damage nearby tissue and organs.

Causes of lung cancer are cigarette smoking, workers who are exposed to high levels of radon, a radioactive gas also has an increased risk of developing lung cancer. The most common lung cancer symptoms are a persistent cough, shortness of breath, loss of weight and appetite and chest pain.

She said that, In the early stages, surgery may be used to remove cancer and radiotherapy may also be used to slow down the growth of cancer and relieve pain and other symptoms. “Furthermore, chemotherapy can suggest for patients which are use drugs that kill cancer.

Next, Miss Syazwani explained on breast cancer. Breast cancer is caused by an uncontrolled growth of cells within the tissue. She said that today breast cancer is the most common and fatal cancer among women in Malaysia. According to National Cancer Registry, Miss Syazwani said that Malays are the largest number having breast cancer followed by Chinese and Indians.

Moreover, a number of risk factors have been identified such as family history of breast cancer, early menstruation or late menopause, high-fat diet, giving birth after the age 30 and etc.

Ms Syazwani added that breast cancer can be easily detected and treated in the early stages. There are basically four methods of early detection such as any unusual changes should be reported to a doctor immediately, the annual examination is recommended for women aged 35 and above, mammography and breast self-examination.

As an end of the talk, she added that, we can help make a difference by providing support, either in cash or in kind. Supporting MAKNA and its programme is the best way we can contribute to the battle against cancer.

 

The talk ended with the cancer-related exhibition and fundraising activity and take a group photo with MAKNA committee members.

If you need a significant life click here for further, http://www.makna@makna.org.my or contact Mr.Ammar Asyraf Bin Rajmi 0125884495

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