WOU offered support as a silver sponsor for Relay for Life Penang 2018 and also participated in the customary walkabout in a show of solidarity and to raise awareness to the plight on cancer.
A team of 30, comprising staff and family members along with the students holding the University banner, braved the rain while a few held umbrellas as they walked the track at the Athletics Stadium, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), today.
Meanwhile USM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Development Affairs & Alumni) Prof Dato’ Dr Adnan Hussein quoted WHO global statistics that there were 14.1 million new cases in 2012 and this is expected to rise to 24 million new cases in 2035, but highlighted that cancer is not a death penalty.
“The risk of getting cancer according to the Malaysian National Cancer Registry is 1 in 10 among males and slightly higher in females at 1 in 9,” he said, adding that the 5 most common cancers in females are breast, colorectal, cervix, ovary and lungs.
“Cancer is on the rise, leading to the fear that it is a death sentence,” he remarked, clarifying that one-third of cancers is curable if detected early and treated.
Prof Adnan stated that 30-50% of cases are currently preventable through measures like practising healthy living, not smoking, a balanced diet, limiting red meat and food intake, and exercising regularly.
The Relay was officially opened by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow who then proceeded to walk with the cancer survivors, before they were joined around the track by the corporate sponsors.