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Oncology

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sanofi-aventis (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (334110-P)

Unit TB-18-1, Level 18
Tower B, Plaza 33
No.1 Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor

Tel : +603 7651 0800
Fax: +603 7651 0801/2

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Oncology

Cancer is a disease of the cell. It develops when cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control.

 

This can happen when DNA is damaged and not repaired. People can inherit damaged DNA or a person’s DNA can become damaged by environmental factors, such as smoking. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start because of out-of-control growth of abnormal cells. Cancer cells can form a mass of tissue commonly referred to as a tumor.

Metastasis occurs when cancer cells move via the bloodstream or lymph vessels to other parts of the body and begin to grow and replace normal tissue. Not all tumors are cancerous. Benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body (metastasize) and are rarely life-threatening.

Each cancer is different. There are several types at various stages of development. Each one therefore requires an appropriate treatment.

Cancer concerns all of us. In 2000, more than 10 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed and 6 million people died from cancer worldwide. In industrialized countries, the elderly are not the only victims: cancer is the leading cause of death in people under 65 years. Lung, colon and gastric cancers are among the five most common cancers worldwide, with breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Cancer growth is continuing at an alarming rate worldwide. However, therapeutic progress, prevention by more healthy lifestyle and detection should finally help reduce the number of death from certain cancers.

In Malaysia, the incidence of cancer is steadily increasing, primarily due to increasing awareness and rates of detection. Roughly, 21,000 new cases are detected every year in Malaysia.

Updated August 28, 2009

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