The number of new cancer cases in the country continues to increase annually. Last year alone, over nine hundred new cancer cases were reported. This was shared by Doctor Raden Mas Jeffri bin Raden Mas Ismail, Consultant Medical Oncologist, The Brunei Cancer Centre, TBCC, Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre in an interview during yesterday morning's Rampai Programme in conjunction with World Cancer Day. Among the frequently occurring cancer are breast cancer, colon cancer and cervical cancer which affect women. Colon cancer, followed by lung cancer and prostate cancer can easily affect male patients.
Doctor Raden Mas Jeffri also explained that patients with the risk of getting cancer are those aged 40 and above. Eventhough last year the country faced the challenge of COVID-19, cancer treatment in the country was able to be carried out well. According to Doctor Raden Mas Jeffri, cancer is the main cause of death in many countries including Brunei Darussalam. The Union for International Cancer Control, UICC proposed three ways. Firstly is preventing. Secondly early detection in a cost effective way such as screening and thirdly supporting the best education to obtain the best treatment for any level of cancer. Dr Raden added that the risks are dependent on what we eat and what we do. He also urged the public to stop smoking, take care of our diet and stop eating processed foods, such as processed meat. It is not the meat itself that causes cancer but canned meat and sausages as well as grilled burger meat contains numerous chemicals. Exercise is another of reducing cancer risks.
With the theme 'I Am and I Will' this year, various activities will be held at the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre such as the 'Virtual Run' and 21 day Challenge. Usually, a cancer patient will not show any symptoms in the early stages and will only be known with a health check. By carrying out an early examination, cancer can be prevented or controlled aside from practising a healthy lifestyle.
Source: Radio Television Brunei