Health DG: Prevent cancer at early stage, go for screening

Published on 4 Feb 2021 4:14:49 PM

The Health Ministry urged the public to go for early screening for cancer, as well as to know the early signs and symptoms of the disease, to avoid detecting it at a late stage and for a better chance of recovery.

In a statement in conjunction with World Cancer Day on Thursday (Feb 4), Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the overall percentage of cancer cases detected late (stage III and IV) increased from 58.7 percent between 2001 and 2011 to 63.7 percent in 2012 to 2016.

He said this situation was worrying and must be given due attention.

This year’s World Cancer Day, with the theme ‘I Am and I Will’ , aims to get the public to support and participate in efforts to prevent and control cancer.