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State executive councillor for health Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (second from right) with Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (centre back) and Ijok state assemblyman Idris Ahmad (second from left) during the Selangor Saring free health screening programme at SJK(C) Yuk Chih in Bestari Jaya, Kuala Selangor, on May 22, 2022. — Picture by REMY ARIFIN/SELANGORKINI

Exco advises public to join Selangor Saring, detect early signs of high blood pressure

SHAH ALAM, Aug 21 — Members of the public should take advantage of the Selangor Saring free health screening programme organised by the state government, so they can detect the risk of diseases at an early stage.

State executive councillor for health Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said Selangor Saring will also enable the public to detect early signs of high blood pressure.

“Approximately 30 per cent of Malaysians aged 18 and above experience high blood pressure, a condition in which blood pressure is at a value of 140/90 mmHg or more.

“To discover if you have high blood pressure or otherwise, you can do a free screening by registering on the SELangkah app,” she said in a Facebook post.

On August 18, Dr Siti Mariah also called on women to undergo screenings and detect early signs of breast cancer, the number one most common cancer experienced by women in Malaysia, comprising 31.1 per cent of all cancers.

She added that it was also concerning that 43 per cent of cancers are detected late, namely when at at Stages Three and Four.

Earlier on, Dr Siti Mariah stated out of 2,078 individuals who underwent cancer tests via Selangor Saring, 75 of them were suspected has displaying symptoms of the ailment.

She said the blood samples of the individuals in question have been dispatched to hospitals for verification, pending further action.

The state government has channelled 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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