1 in 4 Malaysians are affected by cancer — we aim to reduce that percentage.
There are more than 200 types of cancer, some of which are already curable. But some cancers are more common in Asians, and sadly, there is less research on cancers in Asians and survival for cancers common in Asians are lower than survival for cancers common in Caucasians. Cancer Research Malaysia is saving lives through impactful research in Asians.
We now know that some cancers are largely caused by lifestyle and environmental factors.
Oral and Nasopharyngeal Cancer
Oral cancer accounts for 11% of cancer deaths in South/South East Asia. Nasopharyngeal cancer is among the 5 most common cancers in Malaysia, and is 40x more likely to affect Asians than Caucasians.
“I was told once that we need optimism, love, and physical exercise. That is true. In addition to that, the treatment that one receives should be based on good evidence. That’s what research is.” - Prof Datuk Dr. Tunku Sara, breast cancer survivor
Research accelerates the advancement of treatment and provides patients with better survival odds and improved quality of life.
The majority of cancer research is conducted in the West, which has led to better treatments for Caucasian patients. Cancer Research Malaysia ensures that research is also conducted for Asians. So get on board — you can make a difference.