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Health workers take blood samples from participants of the free health screening programme Selangor Saring at the Grand Sabak Hotel & Mini Convention Centre, Sabak Bernam, on May 28, 2022. — Picture by AHMAD ZAKKI JILAN/SELANGORKINI

Detect breast cancer early through Selangor Saring — Exco

SHAH ALAM, Aug 18 — The public is urged to take advantage of the Selangor Saring free health screening programme to detect diseases early on.

State executive councillor for public health Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said the programme also offers early detection of breast cancer.

“Breast cancer is a common disease in Malaysia. Early detection can help reduce the risk of it becoming more serious, which results in costly chemotherapy treatments.

“Register now for the health checks. The types of tests offered will be based on the assessment of each individual’s risk factors, per the forms they filled on the SELangkah mobile app,” she said in a Facebook post.

According to an infographic shared by Dr Siti Mariah, breast cancer is the number one cancer in Malaysia, with 17.7 per cent out of the total number of cases reported.

Breast cancer represented 32.1 per cent of the total number of cancer affecting women, while 43 per cent of breast cancer cases were detected late at Stages Three and Four.

Here are the locations of the next Selangor Saring health checks this weekend:

Saturday, August 20, 2022

1.   Dewan Serbaguna Taman Ehsan, (Bukit Lanjan state constituency)
2.   Event Hall Atrial Mall, Petaling Jaya (Bandar Utama state constituency)

Sunday, August 21, 2022

1.   Dewan Kampung Permata, Kundang (Kuang state constituency)
2.   Dewan Heritier, Seksyen 24 (Batu Tiga state constituency)

Previously, Dri Siti Mariah stated that 75 out of 2,078 individuals who took cancer tests under Selangor Saring were suspected of having cancer symptoms.

She said blood samples from the individuals have been sent to hospitals for confirmation, before further action can be taken.

The state government has channeled RM3.4 million to ensure the success of Selangor Saring, which will benefit 39,000 people, particularly those with a family history of hereditary ailments, obese individuals, or those leading unhealthy lifestyles.

Physical screening, blood and urine tests, eye, cervical and breast cancer, occult or colorectal faecal blood testing, and prostate tests are all available during the programme, which runs until September 4.

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