The Asia-Pacific is home to about 60% of the world’s population and accounts for about 50% of the total global cancer incidence. Cancer is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in low-, middle- and high-incomes alike. In fact, cancer has received increasing attention in the Asia-Pacific region as the region has experienced demographic changes associated with ageing populations, urbanization and economic growth. The resulting changes have led to a high prevalence of unhealthy risk factors, such as increased tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diets, and more sedentary lifestyles. Health systems in Asia-Pacific countries may not be equipped to deal with rapidly increasing burden of cancer. Experts from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia will present their latest research on cancer prevention and control.
August 29 from 5:30-7:00 pm (PDT)/ August 30 from 7:30 – 9:00 am (Hanoi); 8:30-10:00 am (HK & KL time).
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- Martin Wong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
- Nur Aishah Mohd Taib (Universiti Malaya)
- Wang Hong Xu (Fudan University)
- Tùng Phạm Thanh (Hanoi Medical College)
- Mellissa Withers (University of Southern California)
- Edmar Elcarte (University of the Philippines)
Title: Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening in Jnder-served Populations in Malaysia
Prof Nur Aishah Taib (Taib NA, Mohd Taib NA) is a senior consultant breast surgeon and professor of the Department of Surgery at University Malaya since 2012. She is currently Head, UM Cancer Research Institute (2019-present). Her areas of interest are strongly correlated with patient care and outcomes. Prof Nur Aishah is a trainer for Master of Surgery in Malaysia and is on the board of examiners for the exit viva for the Breast and Endocrine Surgery Subspecialty Exams in Malaysia. She also a member of the National Committee for Breast and Endocrine Surgery Specialist Evaluation, Malaysian Medical Council and Chairperson and founder member of the Breast Chapter of the College of Surgeons of Malaysia (2015-2018). She is a Fellow of the Malaysian Academy of Medicine since 2016 and past Honorary Treasurer and Council Member of the College of Surgeons of Malaysia (2015-2019). She is the local lead in the Greater Petaling City Cancer Challenge, which supports cities around the world as they work to improve access to equitable, quality cancer careShe is also active in quality improvement projects in her hospital, University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), where she is the Chairperson of the UMMC Cancer Registry Core Committee (2020-2022) that oversees 20 Cancer Units in UMMC to develop point-of-care reporting of cancers using in-house electronic medical records that are linked to the National Cancer Registry. Past projects include developing a sustainable video-based breast care nurse-led health education program for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, improving surgical site infections in patients undergoing mastectomy, developing patient decision aids for risk management of BRCA carriers and developing point of care data electronic medical records capture for breast cancer research database. She has 192 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Mellissa Withers, PhD, MHSis Associate Professor at the Keck School of Medicine in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. She is based at the University of Southern California Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She is director of the Online MPH Program. Dr Withers is also Director of the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a non-profit network of 55 universities. She received a PhD from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also holds a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley. Her research interests lie in community participatory research, mental health, gender-based violence, immigrant health, and global sexual and reproductive health. Dr Withers is the editor of two books: Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse, and Global Health Leadership: Case Studies from the Asia-Pacific (in press).