MMA to host seminar on cancer and palliative care

MIRI: About 30,000 Malaysians are diagnosed with cancer every year or about 90 people a day.However, many cancer patients only seek treatment at a late stage due to ignorance, fear, and use of scientifically unproven remedies.

Hence, in a bid to increase the awareness among members of the public on cancer, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) will be holding a seminar on Cancer and Palliative Care here on May 25.

The seminar which is open to medical practitioners, doctors, medical assistants, paramedics and members of the public, will be discussing on the overview of cancers in Malaysia, including paediatric cancers, haematological cancers, lung cancers, breast cancers and colorectal cancers.

According to Dr Loh Yunn Hua, a member of organising committee, the seminar, which aims to share knowledge relating to cancer, will be held in conjunction with the 56th Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) annual general meeting.

“In Malaysia, cancer is an increasing problem. At any one time, 100,000 people in Malaysia are living with cancer and one in four Malaysians will develop cancer by the age of seventy five.”

She revealed that the top five cancers were breast cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer, cancer of the cervix and nasopharynx (nose).

“Therefore, it is a great opportunity for interested individuals to learn from Malaysian cancer and palliative medicine experts about the causes and advances in cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment,” she said.

Apart from this, there will also a concurrent session on childhood cancer as well as palliative care that are important to understand as well as taking care of the terminally ill suffering from cancer and other chronic medical conditions.

The seminar will be conducted by renowned experts including Associate Professor Dr Kuan Jew Win who is the consultant haematologist, head and consultant clinical oncologist in Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching Dr Yu Kong Leong, Dr Ong Gek Bee who is the consultant paediatric haemoto-oncologist of SGH, Dr Richard Lim Boon Leong, a palliative medicine physician from Hospital Selayang, Selangor, Medical Oncologist of SGH, Kuching Dr Voon Pei Jye,

Dr Winnie Ling Hui Yee consultant medical oncologist in Normah Medical Specialist Centre, Kuching and Dr Lau Kah Liew, a consultant clinical oncologist from Borneo Medical Centre, Kuching.

Registration fee to the cancer and palliative care seminar is priced at RM100 for non-doctors (paramedics and general public) and RM150 for doctors. Due to limited places, interested individuals are encouraged to contact 082- 258 542 or Whatsapp Janice 016 525 0073 for registration.

Refreshment and a certificate of attendance will be provided to all participants to the seminar.