Shyness, being uninitiated among reasons for not undergoing breast, prostate cancer screening
Published on: Sunday, June 26, 2022
REMBAU: Shyness and being uninitiated are among the factors for many individuals not to undergo health screening to detect breast and prostate cancer, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said that based on the observations by the Ministry of Health (MOH), there was a tendency for the public to go to the clinic only when they fell sick and this attitude needed to change.
“When explained that certain parts of the body needed to be touched for health screening, they disallowed it, especially the elderly while we know that breast and prostate cancer cases in are among the highest in Malaysia.
“Therefore, we must emphasise on and think of how to convince the people to undergo screening by overcoming the sensitivities, besides increasing public awareness of the importance of health screening,” he said after attending the Skim Peduli Kesihatan programme for the B40 group (PeKa B40), here, today.
Khairy said that almost six million people qualified to receive the benefit under this programme but out of this number, only 620,000 individuals were screened since 2019.