38 percent early detection of colorectal cancer cases healed
Head of the National Program for Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer Dr Fahad Al-Ibrahim announced yesterday putting the final touches on the research project dedicated to identify the rates of benign and cancerous colorectal tumors in Kuwait. He added in remarks yesterday that this project will offer a comprehensive analysis of the cancer cases that underwent early inspection in all of the country’s governorates.
The rate of benign colorectal cancer cases who underwent early inspection reached 38 percent, as the cases were healed following lumpectomy through the colonoscopy. He pointed to the high turnout in early inspection of colorectal cancer since the beginning of the program till now, as a total of 70,000 nationals were admitted for the detection from various governorates.
There are plans for establishing a specialized center to detect colorectal cancer with the capacity of 200,000 patients which is still under study in order to achieve total protection from such a disease. The aim of this national program is to early detect the cancerous tumors and come up with a remedy before it spreads all over the patient’s body, he said. Ibrahim stressed the importance of introducing colorectal cancer risk factors and disease symptoms, along with the importance of the early detection of this illness in its early stages, which gives a great hope in total cure. He appreciated the continuous cooperation and coordination between the primary health doctors and digestive tract and endoscopy units’ doctors in the hospital as well as the programs’ policies of spreading awareness over such a disease in the society, he said.
In other news, an official at Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI), a branch of Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Science (KFAS), reiterated DDI’s keenness on establishing partnerships with various Kuwaiti sectors to attain better societal health.
DDI holds various events in cooperation with state and private sectors, and schools in order to raise public awareness in the Kuwaiti society on the importance of healthy lifestyles and diabetes prevention ways, said Dr Ebaa Al-Ozairi, executive chairman for health sector in DDI. Ozairi made her remarks on the sidelines of the “Diabetes and Middle Eastern Diet” conference, held in cooperation with the Italian embassy to mark the Italian cultural week in Kuwait, and in presence of Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Scognamiglio.
Medical physicians and health specialists cannot change societies’ health habits as much as the people themselves could, she said, noting that investing time and efforts in raising public awareness on such health issues as diabetes by related organizations would, eventually, result in positive and promising outcomes.
DDI is keen on continued communication with various embassies in the country to bolster mutual cooperation, Al-Ozairi said, recalling one of the Institute’s special programs on growing healthy kids that was funded by the US embassy. Meanwhile, the Italian Ambassador stated that his country aims, through the ongoing Italian week, to promote ways of cultural, health, environmental, and technological cooperation with various Kuwaiti sectors. — KUNA