Fighting the Big C


Tens of thousands in Malaysia die from cancer, and preventing it, diagnosing it and curing it all require the individual to be pro-actively involved.

Hopes were high when former US President Richard Nixon first declared war on cancer in 1971 through the signing of the National Cancer Act. However, 45 years later, cancer is still the major cause of death in the world. It is far from being eradicated. The WHO’s 2014 World Cancer Report projects that in the next 20 years, cancer cases will increase 75% from 2008 figures to 25 million cases per year worldwide.

Based on the database from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) GlobalCan1, there were 37,400 newly diagnosed cancer cases and 21,700 deaths in Malaysia in 2012.

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