Many people were interested in the "Recognize it in Time!" program organized at the Medical School in Pécs

28 February 2023

Between 13 and 16 February, the Hungarian Medical Students' Association held its campaign titled "Recognize it in Time!" related to World Cancer Day. The organizers emphasized raising awareness of the importance of cancer prevention again. The Medical Students' Association of Pécs and the student associations of the other three Hungarian medical universities joined the implementation of the programs.

On 13 February, a joint walk launched the program in Debrecen, Szeged, Pécs, and Budapest simultaneously, in cooperation with the Hungarian League Against Cancer. Nearly 100 people participated in the program in the four locations.

The National Public Health Centre offered health assessments and screenings for participants. The screening buses visited the four cities on consecutive days. In Pécs, the three screening buses arrived on 14 February in front of the new theoretical building of the Medical School, with the assistance of the National Public Health Centre and the members of the Pécs Medical Students' Association. Blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride tests, PSA test for men, cardiovascular assessments, bone density tests, body composition analyses, lifestyle counselling, oral cavity screenings, and pulmonary function tests were carried out, and the results were recorded in the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT). 137 applicants were screened during the day. University students, employees, and residents of Pécs and the surrounding area came to have their health status assessed. Cases requiring further examination, such as osteopenia in children and various oral mucosal lesions, were also found.

At the end of the day, Dr. Boróka Gács, psychologist, and staff member of the UPMS Department of Behavioural Sciences gave a lecture for medical students titled "Communicating bad news". After watching a short film clip, the SPIKES model was introduced to the participants, which provides guidance on how to communicate bad news. Several issues were discussed together during the interactive session.

Given the great interest in the program, they would like to organize similar programs to raise awareness of the importance of disease prevention and early detection.