Specialists to answer questions on cancer

(From left) Man Man Market coordinator Alicia Koh, Yeoh and Ronald showing a healthy rainbow salad at the press conference to announce the event to be held on March 1.

A TEAM of medical specialists will meet the public in a session on March 1 in Penang to answer any questions on cancer.

This ‘Meet the Experts’ session is part of ‘World Cancer Day: I am and I will’, an event that will take place at the Man Man Market at the Relau Agro-tourism Centre from 8am to noon.

Organised by Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH), the event will also feature activities like a family treasure hunt, free health screening, healthy food cooking demos and a farmers’ market selling health and wellness goodies.

PAH chief executive officer Ronald Koh said the event was organised to mark World Cancer Day which falls on Feb 4 each year.

“One in six deaths is due to cancer and around a third of those cancer deaths is due to five behavioural and diet risks.

“They are high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use and alcohol use,” he said.

Ronald said the event’s name ‘I am and I will’ stands for ‘I am responsible and I will do my periodic check-up’.

For details on the event, call 04-222 7709 or 012-423 7701.

At a press conference to encourage the public to attend the event, state exco member Yeoh Soon Hin said Man Man Market is held at the Relau Agro-tourism Centre on the first Sunday of each month for local food growers, producers and artisans to sell their products.

To drive home the value of eating healthily, Yeoh helped toss a rainbow salad prepared by PAH at the press conference.

PAH nutritionist Annie Yee said the colourful salad comprised carrots, cherry tomatoes, purple cabbage, cucumber and yau mak, a variant of the Romaine lettuce that is popular locally.

The salad dressing was an antioxidant-rich cashew cream sauce.

“Eating vegetables of various colours is important.

“The different pigments of the vegetables have different benefits,” said Yee.

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