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Recent statistic has shown that one in four Malaysians will develop cancer by the age of 75 years old. And do you know that there are more than 200 different types of cancer? You can literally develop cancer in any body organ.
According to NCSM, here are the 5 most common type of cancer affecting Malaysians:
This is the most common cancer affecting women. There are about 4,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in Malaysia each year. Although rare, men can develop breast cancer as well. Women, do perform self-checking at least once per month in order to detect it so that you can treat it in an early stage!
Colorectal cancer is the second most common type of cancer in Malaysia. About 2,900 Malaysians are affected by this each year. Also known as bowel cancer, it is more common in people above 50 years old. Colorectal cancer can develop from the inner bowel lining or from poly (a small raised area), while polyps are mostly harmless, they can become malignant.
With 2,100 Malaysians being diagnosed with lung cancer each year, this is the third most common type of cancer in our country. Statistics have shown that more than 90% of lung cancer patients are associated to smoking. Second hand smokers are also very much at risked of lung cancer, so even if you are not a habitual smoker yourself, you can still be very much at risk if people around you are!
It is the third most common type of cancer among Malaysians, and the risk of having it increases after 30 years old. About 1,100 women are diagnosed with cervival cancer each year, this amounts to 11% of all cancer in women. Human Papillomavirus(HPV) infection and smoking can cause cervical cancer. HPV infection shows no symptoms, which is why ladies should go for periodic cancer screening. Early detection and prevention might just save your life.
Affecting about 1,000 Malaysians each year, this is the fifth most common type of cancer in our country. Similar to the rest, this is more common in people aged 55 and above, is the third most common cancer in men aged 15-49 years old. About 90% of NPC patients will develop a lump in the neck, which is a swollen lymph node penetrated by cancer cells. So do not take it lightly when you see yourself having this symptom.