Photo - (From left) Loke Kah Meng, Chief Executive Officer of AXA AFFIN Life Insurance Berhad; and Dr Saunthari Somasundaram, President and Medical Director of the National Cancer Society Malaysia.
The National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) and AXA Affin Life Insurance have launched Malaysia's first cancer care online portal as part of the AXA 110 Cancer Care Project, said the partners.
The portal [110cancercare.com], which focuses on the importance of early care, also offers two new protection plans - AXA 110 Cancer Care and AXA 110 Critical Illness (CI), said AXA Affin Life Insurance (AXA Affin Life) chief executive officer Loke Kah Meng.
"Statistics revealed that cancer is one of the major health problems in Malaysia," said Loke. "It is also estimated that one in four Malaysians will develop cancer by 75 years old. We may not think we will ever be diagnosed with cancer one day; but we have no control over the uncertainties in life."
He cited a report published by the National Cancer Registry of Malaysia (NCR) in 2008, which found that 21,773 Malaysians were being diagnosed with cancer on a yearly basis from 2003 to 2005 with as many as10,000 cases going unregistered every year.
"Malaysians need to understand that delayed care is a prime cause for cancer-related deaths and the high costs of treating cancer are better managed when we are financially prepared with early care. It is imperative to get early cancer protection in order to benefit from early cancer detection," said Loke.
The National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) president and medical director, Dr Saunthari Somasundaram, said, "Cancer is mostly being diagnosed in later stages and this limits the chances of a successful outcome.:
"Much of the existing resources are concentrated on treatment and not enough is being placed into screening and early diagnosis, to ensure cancer can be detected early," said Dr Somasundaram . "Early detection of cancer can greatly improve the odds of successful treatment and survival."
"AXA AFFIN Life's sponsorship to the National Cancer Society Malaysia is commendable and timely," she said. "We are delighted to be associated with AXA AFFIN Life as it is through such caring organizations that we are able to make a positive impact on healthcare."
Established in 1966 as a registered, tax exempt charity body, The National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) is also the only cancer NGO [non-governmental organisation] that provides medical care through its range of cancer services, treatment and support.
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