1 in 4 Malaysians are affected by cancer — we aim to reduce that percentage.
Our Ovarian Cancer Research team here at CRM aims to:
Develop affordable genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
Identify those who are at a high risk of developing ovarian cancer in order to provide a more effective and personalised prevention
Mainstream cancer genetics in Malaysia
How we’ve made a difference
Completed research showing that 1 in 9 Malaysians develops breast cancer due to inheriting the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. This information is now incorporated into the clinical guidelines for Malaysian doctors, and plays an important role in the development of cancer genetic services in Malaysia.
Contributed to the discovery of more than 30 genetic loci implicated in increased risk to ovarian cancer. This was made possible thanks to the many researchers from all over the world who worked collaboratively to study thousands of ovarian cancer patients and healthy women. The Malaysian ovarian cancer genetics study has made a significant contribution since it is only one of a handful of studies focused on Asians.
What we’re doing now
Ms Yoon Sook-Yee and her team are collaborating with doctors and nurses from 21 Malaysian hospitals to roll out genetics services in oncology and gynaecology clinics in all parts of Malaysia. This national programme aims to ensure advances in cancer genetics will be available to all Malaysians, regardless of their income or place of living.
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