According to WHO, Cancer can be defined as uncontrolled growth and spread of cells. It can affect almost any part of the body. The growths often invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize to distant sites. Many cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to common risk factors, such as tobacco smoke, inactive lifestyle, obesity or transmitted viruses like Human Papilloma virus (HPV) and Hepatitis B. Other risk factors that cannot be avoid, such as increasing age and family history with cancer. In addition, a significant proportion of cancers can be cured, by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, especially if they are detected early.
Based on Malaysian Anti-Cancer Association (MACA), it was found that in Malaysia, 30 000 annual new cases of cancer. Statistics by WHO has shown that the most commonly diagnosed male cancer in Malaysia include lung cancer, colorectal cancer, nasopharnyx cancer, prostate cancer and stomach; as compared to female patients with breast, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and uterine cancer. Additionally, there are more than 100 types of cancer exist. There are many organization has been founded in order to help and create an awareness about cancer. Specifically in Malaysia, there are non-profit organizations such as Malaysian Anti-Cancer Association (MACA), National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) and National Cancer Council (MAKNA) that give support and help to cancer patients by collecting donation from individuals or companies and also spread the awareness to the public about cancer disease or treatments available and what they can do to help the cancer patients. Further information on cancer can be read on their websites.
The World Cancer Day , organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and celebrated each year on 4 February, is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer. To reach the Sustainable Development Goal target of reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases including cancer by one-third by 2030, governments, NGOs, and all cancer advocates must be mobilized to collective action.
Be the one who care, be the one who concern and be the one who support. Help spread awareness to fight and prevent cancer.