Inherited breast cancer goes under microscope

A €2. 4 million project that will study familial breast cancer among Maltese and Sicilian communities was officially launched yesterday by Health Minister Godfrey Farrugia.

The project, work on which started in March and will continue until 2015, will be led by the Health Ministry with the participation of the University of Malta and the Malta Council for Science and Technology.

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The EU co-funded project, called IMaGenX, will design and test IT systems to evaluate genetic, environmental and lifestyle risks related to breast cancer among the two communities. The data would be analysed and distributed to help people lower the risk. A desktop and smartphone app would be developed whereby young women input their lifestyle details and would be given a risk profile, project leader Joe Psaila said. Speaking during a visit to the National Health Screening Centre at Lascaris Wharf, Dr Farrugia argued that, along with being better for patients, disease prevention techniques such as screening were more cost-effective, pointing out that treatment was invariably more expensive. The breast screening programme implemented by the centre had been commended by the International Agency for Research on Cancer but Dr Farrugia commented that the place needed a more robust setup, which translated into more human and financial resources. He announced that the Government intended to extend the screening programme to women over 60 and increase the frequency of screening from once every three years to biannually. Since its launch in October 2009, about 20,000 women have been tested, 174 of them being diagnosed with cancer. When it comes to colorectal testing, Dr Farrugia said the Government had inherited a waiting list of about 400 people living in Gozo and nearly 1,000 in Malta. Since November, the screening centre had sent out 2,200 invitations, 400 were tested and 21 people were referred for further examinations as they were found to be at risk of deve-loping bowel cancer. One had been eventually diagnosed with cancer and five had polyps.

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€2.4million project will study familial breast cancer

A €2. In essay on professionalism fact, with 6,000+ new board games released each year, you might say this is a new golden age for the venerable combo of cardboard, plastic, and wood. 4million project that will study familial breast cancer among Maltese and Italian communities was launched this morning by Health Minister Godfrey Farrugia.

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Led by the Health Ministry, the six partners, including the University of Malta and the Malta Council for Science and Technology, the project started in March and will draw to an end in 2015. The EU-funded project will design and test IT systems to evaluate genetic, environmental and lifestyle risks related to breast cancer among the two communities. It will also develop an app where young women can input their lifestyle details and are given a risk profile. The data about genetic and lifestyle risks will be analysed and distributed to help people lower the risk, project leader Joe Psaila said. Dr Farrugia launched the project after he met some of the people working at the National Health Screening Centre at Lascaris Wharf. He said today we must look beyond disease prevention and focus on healthy lifestyles. Prevention might bring to mind negative connotations so the Ministry’s message will be one of being healthy. He said the breast cancer programme implemented by the centre had been commended by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, but the place needed a more robust setup. This meant more human and financial resources. Dr Farrugia said that when it came to human resources, the place needed more radiographers, and the Ministry had made sure that radiographers who had been interviewed in November but had not been employed, joined the Radiography department pool to specialise further and be able to join the centre. In the meantime, the ministry was also looking into how it could save money on furniture (€37,000) and vehicles (€27,000) which the centre needed, by providing them from the government’s stock. These funds would then be spent on providing a more dignified service for the clinic. He said the government also intended the extend  the breast screening programme to those above 60 years, and increase its frequency from once every three years to once every two years. Since its launch in October of 2009, some 20,000 women were tested, and 174 of these were diagnosed with cancer. On colon screening, Dr Farrugia said the government inherited a waiting list: there were 400 Gozitans and nearly 1,000 Maltese waiting to be tested. Since November, the screening centre sent out 2,200 invitations, and 21 people were referred for further tests as they were found to be at risk of bowel cancer. One was eventually diagnosed with cancer. Dr Farrugia also said the government will keep its electoral promise and address the waiting list and the lack of a priority system when it comes to osteoporosis by launching a pilot study with doctors where scientific scores will be used to identify low, medium and high risk. He added that disease prevention was cost-effective not only financially, as screening is cheaper than treatment, but also from the social aspect of those at risk. .

Proġett ġdid ta’ €2.4 miljun fiċ-Ċentru għall-iScreening Nazzjonali

Il-Ministru tas-Saħħa, Godfrey Farrugia ħabbar it-tnedija tal-proġett IMaGenX, li permezz tiegħu se jiġu analizzati r-riskji kkawżati mill-ġenetika, mill-ambjent u mill-istili ta’ ħajja fil-marda tal-kanċer tas-sider, fl-istess waqt sostna li l-motto għandu jkun li nżommu lilna nfusna f’saħħitna u nieħdu l-miżuri biex ntejbu l-istat ta’ saħħitna.

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Kien spjegat mid-Direttur taċ-Ċentru Nazzjonali għall-iScreening, Nadine Delicata, li dan il-proġett se jiswa €2.4 miljun u se jsir bejn Malta u Sqallija bħala parti mill-programm tal-Unjoni Ewropea ta’ koperazzjoni transfrontaljera bejn Malta u l-Italja. Fil-fatt, dan il-proġett diġà beda mit-18 ta’ Marzu ta’ din is-sena.

Il-proġett se jitmexxa miċ-Ċentru Nazzjonali għall-iScreening fi ħdan il-Ministeru tas-Saħħa u se jinvolvi l-parteċipazzjoni ta’ ħames imsieħba oħrajn – tnejn mill-Università ta’ Malta u l-Kunsill Malti għax-Xjenza u t-Teknoloġija u tlieta minn Sqallija – mill-Polo Universitario della Provincia di Trapani, mill-Azienda Ospidaliera Universitaria di Palermo “Paolo Giaccone” u mill-Azienda Sanitaria Provinciale Siracusa.

Il-Ministru tas-Saħħa spjega li minn dan il-proġett irid joħroġ l-għarfien li l-prevenzjoni tgħin biex inżommu l-istat ta’ saħħitna aktar tajjeb, li l-prevenzjoni ssarraf f’inqas infiq ta’ flus fuq kura u trattament għax hi ferm irħas mill-kura nnifisha u li permezz ta’ dan il-proġett jiġu indirizzati ż-żgħażagħ hekk kif mistenni jitkellem bil-lingwaġġ tagħhom u se tintuża ħafna t-teknoloġija tal-informatika u applikazzjonijiet fuq il-mowbajls biex jgħinu lin-nies jagħrfu aktar xi stil ta’ ħajja qegħdin jgħixu. Barra minn hekk, se jipprovdulhom ukoll informazzjoni li minnha joħroġ il-profil tagħhom u kemm ikunu f’riskju li jimirdu b’din il-marda.

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