Can­cer day ob­served to ex­press sol­i­dar­ity and raise aware­ness on can­cer preven­tion, treat­ment and care

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To ex­press sol­i­dar­ity and raise aware­ness on can­cer preven­tion, treat­ment and care in Bhutan, a can­cer day was ob­served with the tagline ‘We can, I can’ in the Cap­i­tal last Thurs­day and was graced by Her Royal High- ness Ashi Ke­sang Wangmo Wangchuck.

Ac­cord­ing to the health re­search and ex­ist­ing data with the Min­istry of Health, the most com­mon can­cers di­ag­nosed in the coun­try are can­cer of stom­ach and food pipe; cer­vi­cal can­cer; can­cer of head and neck which in­cludes mouth, throat and nose; can­cer of lung; liver; breast; col­orec­tal and prostate can­cers.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease from Bhutan Can­cer so­ci­ety stated that no ex­ten­sive re­search has been car­ried out till date on causes of com­mon types of can­cer in the coun­try but press re­lease stated that ac­cord­ing to the health ex­perts, twenty five per­cent of can­cers are caused by pre­ventable in­fec­tions, such as HPV (cer­vi­cal can­cer), Hep­ati­tis B (liver can­cer), H.py­lori (stom­ach) etc.

Ac­cord­ing to the Dechen Wangmo, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Bhutan Can­cer So­ci­ety said that dur­ing this day, they not only ob­served the day to pay sol­i­dar­ity but we also try to do preven­tion cam­paign as the se­cond most com­mon can­cer in Bhutan were head and neck can­cer. She added that this can­cer were caused by chew­ing doma, smok­ing, drink­ing and eat­ing of dry fish as th­ese thing are the proven car­cino­genic which are can­cer caus­ing agent.

Be­sides that forty per­cent of the breast can­cer are self di­ag­no­sis, she added that if women feel some­thing dif­fer­ently to the breast, it is time for the women to go to health care provider and talk to them.

“How­ever, ef­forts of the govern­ment on preven­tion and con­trol of can­cer in the coun­try needs to be har­mo­nized with more per­son­al­ized care and sup­port in­ter­ven­tions for a health­ier and ef­fec­tive im­pact”, said Dechen.

While, the Min­istry of Health has ini­ti­ated var­i­ous pro­grams to con­trol can­cer un­der Non-Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­ease Pro­gram (NDC), which in­cludes ban­ning of to­bacco prod­ucts, Vac­ci­na­tion of girls with HPV to pre­vent cer­vi­cal can­cer; Pap Smear Screen­ing for cer­vi­cal can­cer, Hep­ati­tis B vac­ci­na­tion of all new­born ba­bies and En­doscopy of peo­ple with chronic up­per ab­dom­i­nal pain etc.

Gy­ne­col­o­gist of JDWNRH, Dr. Ugyen Tshomo said that cer­vi­cal can­cer is very com­mon in the coun­try de­spite of hav­ing preven­tion pro­gram like Pap Smear and vac­ci­na­tion. She said that all our young girls when they are reach to class six they are been vac­ci­nated since 2011. But still need to go for Pap Smear screen­ing as vac­ci­na­tion pre­vent only seventy per­cent from get­ting cer­vi­cal can­cer.

He added that if we di­ag­nosed early, they can un­dergo op­er­a­tion within the coun­try it­self but if they are bit late, they have un­dergo treat­ment in Cal­cutta with ra­di­a­tion ther­apy.

For can­cer sur­vival, Dr. Ugyen said that for the cer­vi­cal can­cer, it is al­ways counted in five years, so at the end of five years, we see that if hun­dred women were di­ag­nosed, we will see that how many of them are sur­vived at the end of five years.

“This can­cer is pre­ventable but women are not com­ing for­ward for Pap Smear screen­ing and the sur­vival is bet­ter than other can­cer”, said the Dr. Ugyen,

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