National prevention campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases launched

A national prevention campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs),  with the aiming at sensitising and educating the public against the risk-related factors, complications and prevention measures of NCDs.

 

This campaigns It comprises a series of activities namely screening for NCDs, breast cervical, vision, cholesterol, as well as counselling and health education.

An early detection of NCDs is fundamental to prevent diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer and their related complications.

«The population should adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle as well as practice sports to improve the management of NCDs, and promote the health status of the population», Ministre Anwar Husnoo emphasised.

Speaking about the link between food habits and the prevalence of NCDs, the Health Minister pointed out that rapid changes in diets as well as lifestyles due to industrialisation, urbanisation, economic development and market globalisation, have accelerated over the past decade.

The Minister also expressed concern over the increasing number of new cases of cancer each year. In 2017, there were 2 500 new cancer cases, 1 500 among females and 1 000 among men, with breast cancer topping the list. Regular exercise and a healthy and balanced diet can reduce the incidence of cancer.

 

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