Selangor's Budget 2024, which allocates RM59.7 million for public health, proposes a new hospitalisation benefit for Iltizam Selangor Sihat (ISS) recipients, up to RM10,000 annually at selected panel hospitals. ISS has been allocated RM35 million for next year.
Consultant breast & oncoplastic surgeon Dr Tan Gie Hooi says UPM research shows 13.6% of women in Malaysia are diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40, in contrast to the US, where the figure stands at 5%.
While colorectal cancer mainly affects those aged 50 and above, Malaysia is seeing a “worrisome” rise in colon cancer incidence among younger adults, which further compounds the economic burden of the disease in the country, says an MOH official.
NCSM repurposed tactics from its Covid vaccination campaign by getting beauty salons and barber shops to educate their customers about cancer. Risk reduction strategies, says NCSM, must be in youth and sports, schools and communities, not with clinicians.