Message on World Cancer Day

Some 644 citizens and permanent residents in Brunei Darussalam were found to have cancer in 2018 with 304 cancer related deaths in the same year. In the same year, cancer has caused 1 in 4 or 28 percent of deaths among the country's citizens and permanent residents. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad Isham Bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health stated the matter in the message in conjunction with World Cancer Day.

The Minister of Health also said the total number of cancer patients has also shown an increase of 17 percent within 5 years from 2014 to 2018 compared to 2009 to 2013. Statistics from the Brunei Darussalam National Cancer Register for the same year showed that the cancer risk for men in their lifetime is 27 percent or 1 in 4 while the risk for women is 29 percent or 1 in 3. Among the highest types of cancer among men is colorectal with 53 cases, lung 2s cases, while liver and prostate are 18 cases respectively. Among women, the highest types of cancer are breast cancer with 100 cases, colorectal 49 cases and uterine cancer with 32 cases. The Minister of Health further explained that, besides personal care, proactive measures should also be taken to prevent the effects of cancer by tracing the early signs of the disease through screening for cancer screening so that it can be treated early. Last year, the Ministry of Health introduced and launched the National Health Screening Program in an effort to improve the effectiveness of strategies for controlling non-communicable diseases, especially for cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. In addition, the Ministry of Health has also introduced the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program and Breast Cancer Screening Program, in addition to the existing Cervical Cancer Screening, as a follow-up program under the National Health Screening Program in November 2019.

The Ministry of Health with the cooperation of the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre, in particular the Early Detection and Cancer Prevention Services in cancer prevention to support the goals of the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in achieving the Wawasan Negara 2035, by improving the quality of life including the health status of the community. This year, the Ministry of Health through the Health Promotion Center will once again working together with the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Center; Community Welfare Council Association; Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group; Children's Cancer Foundation, YASKA Brunei Darussalam and non-government organizations, NGOs to celebrate World Cancer Day 2020 at national level by conducting a Walk, Run and Bicycle Recreation event on the 9th of February during the Bandarku Ceria Programme at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Members of the public are welcome to participate in the activities to increase awareness of cancer and preventive measures to reduce the risk of cancer in the country. For further information, visit the website, dot BN or the Ministry of Health website at or contact Talian Darussalam 123. World Cancer Day is celebrated every 4th of February. The theme for World Cancer Day this year until 2021 is 'I Am and I Will'.

Source: Radio Television Brunei