Local cancer non-profit joins worldwide body in fight against disease

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The Shwe Yaung Hnin Si Cancer Foundation this month became a full member of an international body that brings together hundreds of groups fighting the disease, the foundation revealed Saturday.
The non-profit group on 4 March gained full membership of the Geneva-based Union International Cancer Control, which connects some 800 organisations across 155 countries, said Dr Daw Yin Yin Tun, president of the foundation.
“We will have the opportunity to accelerate our cancer prevention activities in partnership with international organizations,” Dr Daw Yin Yin Tun said.
According its website, UICC members help the fight against cancer by taking part in advocacy, key events and programmes.
Shwe Yaung Hnin Si Cancer Foundation was established in late 2013, aiming to help improve access to cancer treatment and care in the country.
“Plans are under way to conduct more health seminars as well as trainer teaching courses and workshops this year,” foundation secretary Dr Moe Aung Kyaw Naing said.
The foundation is also providing financial assistance to low-income patients, he added.
“A public awareness campaign on cancer prevention will be conducted on the coming Sunday” in Bogale, a small city in Ayeyawady Region, Dr Daw Yin Yin Tun told the Global New Light of Myanmar in an interview Saturday.
During the health seminar in Bogale, free medical check-ups will be provided, with the foundation expecting around 200 people to attend, Dr Moe Aung Kyaw Naing said.

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