38 per­cent early de­tec­tion of col­orec­tal can­cer cases healed

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

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

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