MalaysiaKini – October 2022
The Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA), Lung Cancer Network Malaysia (LCNM), and National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM), together with Pfizer Malaysia jointly launched the inaugural “National Thrive Week”, bringing to life a platform that shines a light on the advanced cancer community so that everyone living with cancer – the early, the locally advanced, the metastatic – can feel equally supported as they live life to the fullest.
The event was witnessed by the Caretaker Health Minister of Malaysia, Yang Berhormat Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar as well as Mdm Liew Swee Lee, Secretary of BCWA; Dr Anand Sachithanandan, President of LCNM & Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Dr Dalilah Kamaruddin, Head and Medical Officer of the Cancer and Health Screening Clinic at National Cancer Society Malaysia; Mdm Luksanawan Thangpaibool, Country Cluster Lead, Pfizer Malaysia, Brunei & Pakistan; and invited guests.
Let’s thrive together with information, answers and hope
Activities will be jointly organised by BCWA, LCNM, NCSM and Pfizer Malaysia, to raise awareness of advanced and metastatic cancer, in-conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month in October and November respectively.
Additionally, the campaign will continue its awareness efforts through the four organisations’ social media platforms with content such as empowering bite-sized videos from cancer survivors, digital symposiums, and more to inspire the cancer community.
In Malaysia, about 95% of lung cancer are diagnosed at advanced stages, whereas even when diagnosed early, up to 30% of women with early breast cancer will eventually progress to metastatic disease.
National Thrive Week 2022 hopes to inspire the cancer community in Malaysia to thrive amid the diagnosis. It is most likely that you know of someone living with cancer.