On average, about 600 people in Brunei Darussalam are diagnosed with cancer every year. The top three most common cancer amongst men were bowel, lung and prostate cancer whereas breast, bowel and cervical cancer were the commonest amongst women. In 2016 alone, Brunei Darussalam saw 353 deaths, which accounted for more than 20 percent of total deaths in the country.
Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Doctor Awang Haji Md Isham bin Haji Jaafar said this in conjunction with World Cancer Day 2018 celebration. The Minister of Health, stated that the mean age of people diagnosed with cancer are 50.1 years for breast cancer and 49 years for cervix cancer among females, 65.5 years for lung cancer and 60.1 years for colorectal cancer. However, the good news is 30 to 50 percent of cancers can be prevented.
The theme for World Cancer Day is 'We Can, I Can', indicating that all of us, no matter our backgrounds, age or where we live or work, can take different actions to reduce our risk of developing cancer. Such actions include avoiding risk factors and taking preventive measures such as: stopping smoking and avoiding exposure to second hand smoke; maintaining a healthy weight from childhood and throughout life; ensuring intake of 2-3 portions of fruits and 2-3 portions vegetables daily; reducing intake of high fat meals; and being physically active for at least 30 minutes, five times or more in a week. In Brunei Darussalam, there is a probability that 1 in 4 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime.
The public can proactively take steps to look for early signs of certain cancer through effective screening. Individuals with a strong family history of cancer and risk factors are advised to undergo periodic screening. Meanwhile, a number of initiatives by non-governmental organisations, NGOs to promote awareness and conduct healthy lifestyle activities to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.
Source: Radio Television Brunei