Cancer awareness campaigns are sporadic, generic, and dominated by breast cancer. Cancer awareness, cancer detection and cancer prevention campaigns have their roles and are equally needed. Future campaigns with measure of effectiveness should be targeted – i.e. on general awareness (focusing on a knowledge strategy on clear signs and symptoms) or specific cancer survivorship (focusing on prevention - via tobacco control, vaccination for liver and cervical cancers, physical activity, goo

Overview

an overview of the state of cancer awareness in Malaysia. Clear, key detection strategy (targeted at general population) and clear preventive strategy (targeted at the rising cancer survivors), are missing in the overall campaigns for trying to reduce the rising burden of cancer

Summary

Cancer awareness campaigns are sporadic, generic, and dominated by breast cancer. Cancer awareness, cancer detection and cancer prevention campaigns have their roles and are equally needed.

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Dr Siew Yim Loh, PhD
Dr Siew Yim Loh, PhD
University of Malaya
Assoc Prof Dr.
Cancer survivorship, rehabilitation, Health behaviour, Occupational therapy, Occupational Science, Oncorehabilitation
Kuala Lumpur, WP | Malaysia
A call for future campaigns with measure of effectiveness should be targeted – i.e. on general awareness (focusing on a knowledge strategy on clear signs and symptoms) or specific cancer survivorship (focusing on prevention - via tobacco control, vaccination for liver and cervical cancers, physical activity, good dietary patterns, and weight-control). Dr Siew Yim Loh, PhD

A Review of Cancer Awareness in Malaysia – What's Next?

Authors:
Siew Yim Loh

J Cancer Oncology

10.23880/OAJCO-16000105

Background: The burden of cancer is particularly greater in less developed countries where 82 percent of the world's population resides. Greater efforts are needed for cancer awareness. This paper reviewed the campaigns conducted in the last five years in Malaysia, to identify gaps for informing the direction of future campaigns. Method: A two steps review involving searching for published campaigns on the internet, using keywords – cancer campaigns, awareness, and it was limited to June 2012-2017. The follow up step was a searched into the cancer related websites. Results: The search found at least 35 published cancer campaigns – which focus predominantly on breast cancer, mostly conducted as one day event, with no report on outcome measures of effectiveness, and primarily held in peninsular Malaysia. There is an increasing trend to focus on colorectal cancer in recent years. Discussion: Cancer awareness campaigns are sporadic, generic, and dominated by breast cancer. Cancer awareness, cancer detection and cancer prevention campaigns have their roles and are equally needed. Future campaigns with measure of effectiveness should be targeted – i.e. on general awareness (focusing on a knowledge strategy on clear signs and symptoms) or specific cancer survivorship (focusing on prevention - via tobacco control, vaccination for liver and cervical cancers, physical activity, good dietary patterns, and weight-control). Clear, key detection strategy (targeted at general population) and clear preventive strategy (targeted at the rising cancer survivors), are needed and should be pursued relentlessly, to help reduce the rising burden of cancer.
October 2018
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