The National Cancer Control Programme said Sri Lanka lacked an effective early detection system for the disease and added that improvements were needed in making available the relevant screening methods and facilities.
According to the Director of the Programme, Consultant Community Physician Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, one third of the cancers were preventable. “Another one third could be treated if detected early. Public awareness is very much needed in this regard,” he said.
“A good lifestyle, good dietary habits and preventing obesity holds the key,” he pointed out.
He said that patients were reluctant to use the facilities due to issues such as the lack of cultural acceptance. “They are not using the facilities despite the availability,” Dr. Samaraweera claimed.
“It is important to make the facilities available in the hospitals”.