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Professor Dr Cheong wins international award for her work in oral cancer!

Who is she? Professor Sok Ching Cheong is the Head of Translational Cancer Biology at Cancer Research Malaysia (CRMY), and a Professor at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She trained in molecular biology and has worked in the field of oral cancer for 19 years. Her research centres on identifying and understanding the role ofContinue reading “Professor Dr Cheong wins international award for her work in oral cancer!”

Which woman is at higher risk of breast cancer?

This new study narrows down the genes that matter. Pink ribbons, breast cancer campaigns all call for greater breast awareness, but you may be wondering, “If no one in my family has cancer, am I at risk of breast cancer? Should I go for a genetic test?” There are many factors, including lifestyle, breast density,Continue reading “Which woman is at higher risk of breast cancer?”

Malaysian scientists discover 3 things we never knew about Asian breast cancers

We now have more data on Asian breast cancers than ever before. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, and although Asians make up more than half of the world’s population, previously less than 5% of the genetic information used in breast cancer research were from Asian women. The majority of thisContinue reading “Malaysian scientists discover 3 things we never knew about Asian breast cancers”

The Movember MANual

A guide to the most common cancers in Malaysian men Hello gents. As a modern man, you know the secret to living your best life. Eat lots of fruits and veggies. Drink plenty of water. Exercise regularly. And don’t smoke la dei.  But what do you know about cancers in Malaysian men? And what can you do about it? This Movember, show a broContinue reading “The Movember MANual”

Here’s how a Nobel Prize winning technology is being used to find a cure for oral cancer

This year, Professors Doudna and Charpentier were jointly awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing technology that allows scientists to deftly edit DNA from virtually any living thing with precision and ease as never before possible.  Is this relevant to cancer research right here in Malaysia?  Heck YES!  Our scientists have usedContinue reading “Here’s how a Nobel Prize winning technology is being used to find a cure for oral cancer”

What is your breast cancer risk score?

This year, our very own Malaysian scientists, together with the University of Cambridge and Singapore, released a ground-breaking genetic study to help identify Asian women with a higher risk of breast cancer. Turns out, a genetic tool developed to help European women assess breast cancer risk also works in Asian women. Hmm… why is this researchContinue reading “What is your breast cancer risk score?”

Employee 001 celebrates 20 years at Cancer Research Malaysia

Meet Cancer Research Malaysia’s employee 001. Yoon Sook Yee first heard of a cancer research set-up in Malaysia back in 2000 and was immediately drawn to a wonderful opportunity. She decided to pursue the opportunity and after 20 years of hard work, she is now one of two credentialed genetic counsellors in the country!   In this interview, Sook-Yee shares her journey of hard work and perseverance as well as her belief that Malaysians have what it takes toContinue reading “Employee 001 celebrates 20 years at Cancer Research Malaysia”