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Outrun Colorectal Cancer! Join the MSCRS Colorectal Cancer Awareness Fun Run 2024

COLORESTAL cancer is now the most common cancer among Malaysian males and the second most common among females. There is also an increasing number of cases among younger adults (under 40 years old).

More alarmingly, up to 70% of patients seek medical attention only at a later stage, as many are unaware of the symptoms of colorectal cancer.

To raise awareness about colorectal cancer, the Malaysian Society of Colorectal Surgeons (MSCRS) is organising its inaugural Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign featuring a fun run with two distances (4KM and 7KM).

The Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign also aims to increase public awareness of colorectal cancer and highlight the importance of screening for early detection.

“Seeking treatment at a late stage leaves patients with less than a 10% chance of survival. This puts a strain on the Malaysian healthcare system,” said Dr. Nurhashim Haron, Organizing Chairman of the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign 2024.

Dr. Nurhashim added that the common symptoms of colorectal cancer include blood in stools, a change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, and unexplained weight loss.

However, these symptoms typically indicate more advanced disease. Early colorectal cancers are usually asymptomatic, highlighting the importance of screening.

“Screening can be done with stool or blood tests at your nearest general practitioner, Klinik Kesihatan, or hospitals. The earlier you detect it, the better the chances of a cure,” Dr. Nurhashim advised.

Emphasising the importance of early detection and prevention, Dr. Nurhashim reinforced that the public should be educated on the early symptoms and signs of colorectal cancer so they can seek medical advice during the early stages.

“We aim to educate the public on how to prevent colorectal cancer or catch it early when it's most treatable.”

The Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign 2024 will take place on 7 July 2024 at Eco Ardence Malaysia and will be officiated by the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad.

The event will start with a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Run at 7AM, offering a choice of two distances, 4KM and 7KM.

To empower participants and members of the public, a public forum on colorectal cancer is organized. Other exciting activities include Zumba sessions, a health fair, and a lucky draw to win fantastic prizes.

“We are calling for participation from all walks of life. Come with your family and friends to learn more about colorectal cancer and how to prevent it,” Dr. Nurhashim concluded. - 7KLIK

[FOTO: Malaysian Society Of Colorectal Surgeons - Thanks Rachel Lim]

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