Malta - Colorectal Cancer Awareness Group
A new organisation Malta Colorectal Cancer Awareness Group MCRCAG was launched in February 2016. The aim of MCRCAG is to promote prevention, to campaign for more research and to offer support and assistance both to the client and to his/her family. The organization is committed to increasing survivorship by boosting awareness of the disease, so that it may be diagnosed earlier.
Education is the key to both prevention and treatment. The organisation committee members include proficient doctors in the field, nurses, surviving patients and helpers. The organisation is a voluntary and a not-for-profit organisation having the following Vision and Mission.
This NGO MCRCAG already forms part of National Cancer Platform where 15 cancer organisations form this platform together under the patronage of the President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.
The organization will regularly inform the public about this important health matter. Anyone who would like more information or to join our group MCRCAG can visit our web page: http://www.crc.org.mt/
, or Facebook: www.facebook.com/mcrcag
The Malta Colorectal Cancer Awareness Group organised a Roundtable Discussion on Friday 24th March, 2017 at the National Health Screening Programme Centre Valletta supporting the European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
The President of MCRCAG Anthony Rossi welcomed the speakers, committee members and special guests and wished all a successful Roundtable discussion. The topics discussed were:
a. Update on current situation of Colorectal Cancer screening Programme. Presented by Dr Stephanie Xuereb - Head of Screening Programme Malta
b. Genetics and Colorectal Cancer . Presented by Profs Christian Scerri - Genetics Consultant in Colorectal Cancer.
c. Colorectal Cancer surgery present and future challenges in Malta. Presented by Mr. Joseph Debono - Chairman of Surgery at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta.
All participants discussed the above issues in detail and all expressed their opinion openly.
At the end of this discussion, all present showed their support by welcoming the initiative of Europacolon to promote European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month #ECCAM17 #United
ECCAM 2016 On Thursday 17th of March the "Malta Colorectal Cancer Awareness Group" jointly with the "National Health Screening Programme" and the "National Cancer Platform" organised a very interesting Seminar at the Russian Chapel at San Anton Palace with the title: Malta... Free of Colorectal Cancer!
The welcome speech was delivered by the President of Malta Colorectal Cancer Awareness Group, Anthony Rossiwho thanked Her Excellency the President of Malta, Hon Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mr. Chris Fearne, the distinguished speakers and the general public for attending this event.
The opening speech was addressed by Her Excellency the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca who thanked the organisers of the Seminar and stressed the importance of such an organisation which was launched very recently in Malta. The Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mr. Chris Fearne announced that the five year strategic plan for cancer in Malta is at the final stage and will soon be published.
The speakers of the Seminar :
What is Colorectal Cancer? - Dr. James DeGaetano - Consultant Histopathologist Head of Histopathologist and Cytopathology, Pathology Department
Surgery in Colorectal Cancer - Mr. Joseph Debono - Consultant and Chairperson Department of Surgery.
Screening in Malta... Effective? - Dr. Stephanie Xuereb - Head of the National Health Screening Programme and Dr. Rachel Abela - Consultant Surgeon Gozo General Hospital.
Is Research in Molecular Pathology of Colorectal Cancer relevant? - Dr. Godfrey Grech - Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta, Promoting oncology research.
The Seminar finished with a Discussion Panel - Early Detection... Increase Survivorship for all. The Moderator of this discussion was Dr. Charmiane Gauci - Director in HPDP. The speakers answered questions from the public attending the Seminar.
Ms. Marika Fleri the coordinator of the National Cancer Platform was the chair person of the Event.
Judging from comments of those who attended, the Seminar was a very successful event most of the credit goes to the well chosen speakers who gave a very informative, educational and professional speeches.
Local Brochures and EuropaColon Brochures were distributed to the audience. The Seminar was filmed and there is a possibility that it will be shown on the National TV.