A seminar titled ‘Brunei Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness and Risk Education for Screening’ held yesterday, aimed at educating the public about the signs and symptoms of pre-cancerous colorectal polyps and CRC, the available screening methods, and the available treatments for different stages of cancer, while encouraging proactive screening of CRC.
The Brunei Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Risk Education for Screening (Bru-CARES) group comprising third year medical students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), organised a seminar at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS) .
The participants were briefed on the different stages of CRC and survival rates, the current trends of CRC in the world, as well as the risk factors and the preventative measures for CRC.
On hand to share more light on the topic were invited speakers, Senior Assistant Professor (Clinical Academia) at PAPRSB IHS Dr Erkin Erdal, Consultant and Head of NCD Prevention Unit at the Ministry of Health and Adjunct Associate Professor at PAPRSB HIS Dr Ong Sok King, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist and Head of Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit and Adjunct Professor at PAPRSB IHS Dr Chong Vui Heng and Specialist General Practitioner, Head of Department of Out Patient Department at Jerudong Park Medical Centre and Adjunct Senior Assistant Professor at PAPRSB IHS Dr Hashmet Parveen.
In 2020, CRC was the number one cancer diagnosed in men and the second highest for women in the country.
Apart from the seminar the ‘Play 4 CARES’ challenge was also held.