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Onco Life Article 15: Smoking main cause of lung cancer...


Onco Life Center Media Article 15

                   Smoking main cause of lung cancer in Malaysia


Kuala Lampur- Stress and un-healthy lifestyle is among the main factors that contribute to the increase in the number of lung cancer patient annually.

Health Ministry disease control division director Dr Chong Chee khan said the main reason, however, was due to smoking.

Each year there is a slight increase of lung cancer cases. Most smoker smoke due to stress and lack fiber, he said when met at the launch of the Empowered. The Cancer Advocacy Society of the Malaysia, lung cancer awareness carnival and smoke free week yesterday.

It had been reported there were more than 4000 deaths in Malaysia due to lung cancer in 2012 involving smoker and passive smokers.

There were about six million deaths recorded worldwide because of smoking. 10 % of them are passive smokers also known as a second hand smoker.

Most are not aware of the high tendency of getting lung cancer even though they are nonsmokers, he said

In Malaysia at least one family member smokes, and Dr, can expect the number to balloon in 2030 because of the general unhealthy lifestyle of the Malaysian, Empowered president and founder, Dr, Chriatiana Ng, he said that campaign was to raise awareness of the disease and to get Malaysians to quit smoking.

Themed “Say No to Smoke, Yes to Life” the campaign aims to get Malaysians to be smoke free for a week this month.

We want to encourage the public to say no to smoking. We want them to quit smoking for a week starting today. Our objective is to disseminate vital information on the prevention of lung cancer and its symptoms, especially for the early detection, he said

Smokers present admitted it was difficult to quit the habit.

Civil servant Zulkefly Shari, 50, said he had always wanted to quit smoking, but found it very difficult due to the  influence of his friends.

“My intention to quit smoking is always there, I plan to quit because of health concerns. I tried four times and the longest lasted only four months, “said Zulkefly who packed up smoking at 30.

Administrative assistant junaidi Abu Bakar 29, said he started smoking when he was 13 and was know trying to kick the habit by reducing the number of cigarettes he lights up.

“I used to smoke two to three packs a day, but the price of cigarettes is not cheap these days, I need to quit smoking, he said.


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