The Cancer Care Working Group aims to help influence public policies which improve outcomes, treatment and care of cancer in Malaysia.
In the 2016 edition of the Economist’s War on Cancer, Malaysia is estimated to record a 49% increase in breast cancer cases between 2012 to 2025. This is worrying as Malaysia recorded the lowest rate of five-year survivorship rate as well as the highest rate of mortality and incident rates in the region.
Earmarking this revenue would help address the shortfall in funding for prevention programmes.
Cancer is the 4th most common cause of death in the country.
Malaysia as an upper middle income country has the opportunity and ability to improve its response to cancer.