The National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM), also known as Persatuan Kebangsaan Kanser Malaysia, is a registered, tax exempt charity body established in 1966 under the laws of the Malaysian Societies Act and Registrar of Societies Malaysia.
NCSM is the first not-for-profit cancer organisation in Malaysia that provides education, care and support services for people affected by cancer. It was founded by Dato’ Dr. S.K. Dharmalingam and officially launched by YAB Tun Abdul Razak in 1966. It is under the distinguished patronage of the Sultan of Perak. The Society is financed entirely by contributions and donations from the public.
Being the only charitable organisation that provides a holistic cancer support to patients and caregivers, NCSM supports patients in understanding and dealing with cancer in various phases through its five cancer centres – the Cancer and Health Screening Clinic, Nuclear Medicine Centre, Resource and Wellness Centre, Quit Smoking Clinic and the Children’s Home of Hope and has branches in six states, i.e. Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Perak, Penang and Sarawak.
NCSM works with corporate partners, colleges, universities, schools and civil societies on awareness and outreach programmes in its efforts to educate the public on the prevention and early detection of cancer.
1966 – NCSM was founded by Dato’ Dr S.K. Dharmalingam, who led the Society for 40 years. It was officially launched by YAB Tun Abdul Razak, who was then the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The Society sponsored medical training and education of doctors, physicists, radiographers and support staff in cancer care and treatment. It also opened the first cytology screening centre for early detection of cervical cancer.
1971 – Initiated and set up the National Cancer Registry, which was later handed over to the Ministry of Health.
1976 – Completed the building of “Bangunan Persatuan Kebangsaan Kanser Malaysia” at Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kuala Lumpur. It has since served as the corporate office of the Society.
1980 – Started public education programmes and counselling services for cancer patients.
1985 – Launched the Mammography Screening Centre – the first in South East Asia then – for the early detection of breast cancer.
1989 – Launched the Cancer Treatment Centre (This Centre ceased operations in October 2014).
1997 – Opened the Children’s Home of Hope to provide accommodation for underprivileged children from outstation undergoing cancer treatment at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (formerly known as General Hospital Kuala Lumpur).
1998 – Launched the Women’s Cancer Detection & Breast Clinic (now known as Cancer & Health Screening Clinic), a one-stop health and cancer screening centre for men and women of all ages.
1998 – Launched the Nuclear Medicine Centre, the first non-governmental centre in Malaysia to offer nuclear medicine and radiotherapeutics services.
2003 – Launched The Resource & Wellness Centre. It serves as a one-stop information and support centre on cancer.
2011 – Purchased the 3D Tomosynthesis system, the first screening centre in Malaysia to obtain one and its health screening services offering to the public.
2015 – Upgraded its screening facilities through the acquisition of a brand new X-Ray and an ECG machine.
2016 – Set up the Quit Smoking Clinic as part of its efforts to reduce smoking habits and decrease the incidence of cancer through smoking.
2016 – Set up Cancer Information Service (CIS) toll-free helpline and email service which aims to complement and support the medical services (treatment, advice) given by the professionals.
2017 – Launched ‘Stronger than cancer’ mobile app, a one-stop mobile cancer information for Malaysians.
2018 – National Cancer Society Malaysia to host World Cancer Congress 2018 on October 1-4, 2018