How Much Do You Know About Cancer?


It is not a pleasant topic, but the painful reality is that cancer is an ever-present threat in our society. Young or old – though the risk is even higher for those in advanced age – anyone can be diagnosed with cancer. However, here is something that you may not be aware of:

The majority of cancer research focuses on cancers that are more common in Caucasians. Because our biological makeup is different, much of what we know may not directly apply to Asians.

To highlight the severity of this lack of research on Asian-leaning cancers, only 5% of genetic studies involve Asians. This, despite genetics playing a huge role in our risk to cancer- and Asians making nearly half of the global population.

This is an issue that Cancer Research Malaysia placed emphasis on during World Reverse Cancer Day.

Here are some quick, hard facts about cancer in Malaysia:

  • About 100,000 Malaysians contract cancer every year. The majority of cancer-riddled patients are women.
  • Estimates state that 1/4 Malaysians will suffer from cancer by the age of 75.
  • In another estimate, it is believed that Malaysian cancer sufferers will increase by 15% in 2020.
  • The main cancers that plague Malaysians are breast cancer (14.5%), intestinal cancer (12.1%), lung cancer (11.8%), cervical cancer (5.7%) and throat cancer (5.4%).
  • In 2014, cancer was the 4th major cause of death in government hospitals.

And here is a list of what Cancer Research Malaysia does to combat cancer in Malaysians:

  • It focuses on neglected areas of research i.e. niche cancers often found in Asians.
  • It improves survival rates by being more accessible.
  • It repurposes drugs to shorten time and cost of bringing treatment to patients who need it.
  • It partners with the top scientists in the world and leverages on the best technology to better results.
  • It works on training the next generation of Malaysian cancer researchers.

This isn’t a job that Cancer Research Malaysia is able to do alone, however. As it is an independent, non-profit cancer research organisation based in Malaysia, it needs the aid of the public too. Donations and research grants are how it keeps its goal going.

So if you’re interested, you can help Cancer Research Malaysia by becoming a partner, donating money and or volunteering.

What are you waiting for? Show your support for Cancer Research Malaysia by following these pages:

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Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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