KUWAIT: CAN LAUNCHES AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AGAINST COLON, RECTUM CANCER

KUWAIT, Oct 29 (NNN-KUNA) — Cancer Awareness Nation (CAN) launched a campaign Tuesday to raise awareness about healthy life-style aimed at preventing colon and rectum cancer.

The two-month campaign aims at raising awareness among the public about the healthy life-style through holding workshops and lectures in NGOs, authorities, schools, companies and banks with the ultimate objective of reducing cancer types including colon and rectum, said Dr. Khaled Al-Saleh, CAN campaign deputy chief.

The campaign, he said in a statement at the launch, seeks healthy life-style based on healthy diet and physical exercises. He added that 30 percent of cancer cases could have been prevented if patients were adopting healthy habbits.

Al-Saleh said number of colon and rectum cases in Kuwait has increased five-folds in the past 33 years.

Thabet Al-Muhanna, Governor of the Capital Governorate, said all health systems called for healthy life-style.

He said media should play greater role to educate people about the benefits of healthy diet coupled with exercises.

The CAN campaign has been launched in Yarmouk Area, which was chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a model healthy area.

SOURCE: KUNA