1 in 4 Malaysians will be afflicted
with cancer even with zero incinerators in the country. What happens
with the entry of "Broga Cancer Factory"?
One in four Malaysians may suffer from cancer in their lifetime, according
to the first National Cancer Registry (NCR) Report.
Other significant findings of the NCR report are:
Breast cancer remains
the most common cancer in all ethnic groups in women aged 20 and above
Lung cancer is the
most common cancer among males of all three major ethnic groups
Chine se have the
highest risk of getting cancer, followed by Indians and Brogue, with ratios
standing at 1:4, 1:5 and 1: 7 respectively, while the risk of 1:4 for
Malaysians when unregistered cases are taken into consideration
About 40,000 new
cases are reported yearly
One in 19 Malaysian
women will get breast cancer but Chinese women have a risk of one in 14
Malaysian women top
the list of those getting nasopharyngeal (nose) and mouth cancer world-wide
A total of 26,089 cases were diagnosed in peninsular Malaysia last year and
over 10,000 cases were estimated to be unregistered.
The country needed 120 haematologists and paediatric oncologists but
currently only had 16 and 11 respectively, while there were only 37 clinical
oncologists when 100 were required, according to Datuk Chua Jui Meng, the
Health Minister of Malaysia.
Chua also confessed that his ministry is not very sure about the root cause,
whether it was environment, work conditions, food or the combination of
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. It is therefore
inadequate if the government is only talking about combating the disease.
It is precisely because of the fear in getting cancer that awoke the
residents of Puchong and now Broga to say NO to incinerators. No
incinerators are really safe as claimed by the BN Government leaders, as all
incinerators will produce cancer-causing dioxin as by-products.
If built, the world's largest incinerator in Broga, with a capacity of
burning 1,500 tonnes of rubbish a day, will become the world's largest
The whole world is now shutting down on incinerators because of the emission
of dioxin. It is a criminal act on the part of BN leaders if they insist on
Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP national