The Top 5 Most Common Types of Cancer in Malaysia


Cancer is a lethal killer that takes the life of thousands of people every year. In Malaysia, there are particularly 5 very common types of cancer that studies show to be affecting 1 in every 4 of its citizen.

Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among Malaysian women. In fact, it is so frequently seen that by the end of each year, there are approximately 4,000 cases of breast cancer reported. However, breast cancer does not only restricted to women, since in some rare cases, men can have it as well.

Colorectal cancer

After breast cancer, colorectal cancer is the second most common killer in Malaysia. Colorectal cancer affects the inner bowel lining of so many people’ body that it is estimated that by the end of each year, there are about 3,000 cases of colorectal cancer reported.

Lung cancer

Not only restricted to the land of the Malaysians, lung cancer is among the most common types of cancer in the world. Nevertheless, in Malaysia, this cancer is responsible for the damage to over 2,100 people’ lungs annually. Studies show that people who have a history of being a smoker have higher chance of experiencing lung cancer. Furthermore, people who are frequently making contact with polluted air can also have this cancer.

Cervical Cancer

In recent years, the number of people who have cervical cancer has been reported to be increasing steadily. As a matter of fact, cervical cancer is very likely to take place in people who are 30 years old.

Nasopharyngeal Cancer

The least common type of cancer among the 5 is nasopharyngeal cancer. People who are over 55 years old are very prone to this cancer, and the symptoms are a lump (or small lumps) occurs in the neck.

Risk factors

So why the Malaysians are so prone to cancer? There is no specific answer to that question, however, there are a few factors that can contribute to cancer. For instance: age, family history, lifestyles, viruses and ionizing radiation.

People who smoke cigarettes or tobacco are very likely to experience cancer of the lung, cervix, pancreas, urinary bladder and oral cavity since tobacco and such are responsible for about 30 percent of cancers.

In addition, HPV (or also known as the Human Papilloma Virus) can cause cervical cancer. This type of disease is transmitted from people to people through sexual intercourse with multiple sex partners.

Others than the two factors above, Hepatitis B can also bring about liver cancer. In this scenario, it is often believed that family history plays a major role in deciding whether a person can have liver cancer or not. However, it is the fact that less than one percent cancers are inherited or hereditary.

Also, if you follow a healthy diet, you are less likely to experience cancer. Indeed, dietary factors are responsible for approximately 30 percent cancers.

If you are living in Malaysia, the risk of getting cancer is very high. Therefore, follow a healthy lifestyle and visit the doctors regularly in order to be sure that you do not have any symptoms or signs that indicating cancer.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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