At the launch of Relay for Life 2013 in E&O Hotel on March 16 with State Environment, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh (centre).
Cancer is now Malaysia’s third biggest killer. It is estimated that there are about 90,000-100,000 people in the country living with cancer at any one time and that one in four Malaysians will develop the disease by the age of 751. What these shocking statistics say is that most of our families will be affected by cancer in one form or another.
Major advances in medical science now mean that cancer is not necessarily a death sentence. What’s more, the number of support services available is increasing; in Penang, hospitals such as the Adventist Hospital and Mount Miriam have specialist care available to treat those on low income.
There are also groups such as Among Friends who meet regularly to support those affected by cancer. Cancerlink Penang, for example, is actively involved in conducting cancer awareness talks and free medical check-ups by consultants, and arranging gatherings of ex-patients and their families.
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