cancer

Younger adults, especially in the generation known as millennials, are seeing increasing rates of obesity-fueled cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. The rate for six of the 12 cancers related to obesity is increasing in younger adults, the cancer society said in a statement describing results from a study published in The Lancet Public
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One-third of all cancer deaths are preventable and can be attributed to lifestyle choices that we all make every day. Poor diet, lack of physical activity, and consuming alcohol and tobacco are all associated with an increased risk of cancer. Simply changing what and how much we eat can significantly reduce the risk. It is
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While lung cancer shares the stage with colon cancer as the common form of cancer in men, lung cancer has a higher mortality rate because it is often detected too late, says Dr Anand Sachithanandan, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Subang Jaya Medical Centre. “In Malaysia, at initial presentation and diagnosis of lung cancer, only 3%
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A new integrated technology-driven screening approach will enable women to get tested for cervical cancer in the comfort of their own homes – a pioneering effort to detect cervical cancer in its early stages. ROSE (Removing Obstacles to Cervical Screening), the world’s first cervical screening programme featuring self-sampling by women themselves, is a human papilloma
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As dire a disease as it may seem, there are actually a lot of treatment options available for cancer. These options can be divided into surgical and medical, with the latter including old stalwarts like chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and the newer hormone therapies, immunotherapies and targeted therapies. In fact, sometimes, the choices can be quite
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There are some diseases whose reach extends beyond the person who has it. Says American Cancer Society chief cancer control officer Dr Richard Wender: “Cancer is a disease in the entire family, it’s not just a disease affecting the person who has it.” It demands emotional, financial, mental, physical and temporal investment on the part
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It’s not far-fetched to say that most people either know of a family member or friend who has had cancer, or have experienced it first-hand. Doing its part to raise funds and awareness about the prevalent disease recently was Accenture’s “I.Make A Difference” campaign in August. The campaign raised RM103,280 for the National Cancer Society
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Comedian Zaibo spent three full days in his bedroom after returning from the hospital with a cancer diagnosis. “When I reached home after my diagnosis, my wife told me, ‘I don’t want you to do any house work. I will take care of everything. Just go to the room and rest’,” the 62-year-old recalls in
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Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is likely to be a life-changing moment. From some points of view, you immediately enter into a state of survivorship, which basically lasts for the rest of your life. Explains Universiti Malaya cancer epidemiologist Associate Professor Dr Nirmala Bhoo Pathy: “Cancer survivorship is different from cancer survival. “Cancer survival simply
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The immune system is our body’s armed forces, designed to defend our body against all intruders that seek to harm us. So, why doesn’t it seem to work when it comes to cancer? Well, the answer is that cancer cells can be really crafty, employing a number of strategies to avoid being sought out and
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Good caregiver support is crucial to the physical and emotional well-being of people with cancer.Caregivers play a wide-range of roles, depending on the needs of the patient during and after treatment. Apart from handling everyday chores, they also provide emotional support and companionship to the patient. The responsibilities of carers, however, can be overwhelming and
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Feeling nauseous, Hiba Abdul Rahman leans on her husband, Muhammad Fareez Shah, 29, as she listens to him talk about their journey through cancer. Hiba, 28, was diagnosed with second stage breast cancer three years ago, barely two months after Fareez and her started dating. They were in love, but Hiba gave him the “green
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