It’s still not too late to end February with some love and awareness. As you know (maybe not), every year on February 4, World Cancer Day is held worldwide as an initiative by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). It is the largest and oldest international cancer organization dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.
According to the health director-general, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, cancer is the second-highest cause of death in Malaysia and in the world. The Malaysia National Cancer Registry Report has stated that cancer cases in the country had increased to 115,238 from 2012 to 2016, compared to 103,507 from 2007 to 2011. The 10 most common cancers for the 2012-2016 report are breast, colorectal, lung, lymphoma, nasopharynx, leukaemia, prostate, liver, cervix and ovaries.