15 November 2019 – Human Resource Department of Geomatika University College’s (GUC) in conjunction with Klinik Kesihatan Titiwangsa recently conducted a screening test and educational talk for cervical and breast cancer.
The test were conducted by medical officer team along with the nurses from Klinik Kesihatan Titiwangsa. About 29 employees of Geomatika University College have participated in this event. This program encourages health and wellness by providing education, support, and resources for the campus community. As saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure”. From the feedback from the participants, they really enjoyed this program as they can know more about their health, especially regarding breast and cervical cancer and they need many more programs like this.
There is an increasing trend of cancer worldwide. A total of 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer deaths occurred in 2012, compared to 12.7 million and 7.6 million respectively in 2008. Seventy percent of cervical cancer cases occur in low resourced countries.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer among women in Malaysia and is potentially curable. Despite numerous screening programmes for early detection of pre-invasive disease of the cervix, many women have been diagnosed at invasive stage of cervical cancer.
The cervical cancer can be detected earlier by Pap Smear test and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) test. The pap smear test was done to identify the abnormal cell in the cervix. The HPV test was done to detect the presence of the HPV virus DNA. HPV infections are among the most common sexually transmitted infections. Most HPV infections have a benign clinical consequence and are cleared spontaneously. However, persistent HPV infection may result in progression to cervical cancer.
When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is everything. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Malaysia – 1 in 30 will be diagnosed in their lifetime – and yet a majority of women do not routinely check their breasts for abnormalities, or go for annual screenings after the age of 40.
We would like to convey our gratitude to the Medical Officer team from Klinik Kesihatan Titiwangsa for their willingness to participate in this event.