TOP 5 COMMON CANCERS
Cancer, the lethal killer among all top diseases in Malaysia. Studies show 5 common cancers that affects 1 in every 4 of Malaysians. Below is the list of 5 most common cancers that you should be aware of.
The most common cancer among Malaysian women. About 4,000 new cases are reported every year. However, many women are unaware that breast cancer is potentially curable if detected early. Therefore, regular self breast examination, screening such as imaging and tumor markers help in early detection.
This is the second most common killer in Malaysia. It affects almost 3,000 Malaysians each year. This type of cancer affects the inner bowel lining.
The third highest killer cancer is lung cancer. Statistics show that the single most major risk factor for over 90% of patients is smoking. However, lung cancer can also develop among those who are exposed to polluted air.
Cervical cancer has been rising in numbers recently. It is most prevalent among women above 30 years old. Just like breast cancer, early detection can save lives. In addition, Pap Smear can detect pre-cancers before they turn into invasive cancers. As a result, doctors can treat the pre-cancer and stop cervical cancer before it really starts.
Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) is the second most common cancer in Malaysian men after lung cancer. It is predominant among Chinese and occurs at the back of the nose. The symptom is a painless lump in the neck. Other symptoms include trouble breathing, speaking, or hearing.
In conclusion, we can prevent and detect most cancers early. If you have risk factors such as smoking or family history of cancer, it is recommended to get health screening test. Start now to protect yourself and live a happier and healthier life.
Written by: Dr. Shashini Asokumaran