Sunway University Hosts National Cancer Congress 2024

After months in the making, the inaugural National Cancer Congress, co-organized by the National Cancer Society Malaysia and Sunway University, has come to a close after 3 days of packed events from 21 - 23 June 2024.

The event started with a bang, featuring keynote plenaries from esteemed speakers from the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Ministry Of Health, Malaysia (KKM), World Health Organization, Oman Cancer Association, Oman Cancer Association, and the Qatar Cancer Society. The Minister of Health Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly bin Ahmad officiated the opening ceremony.

With more than 60 speakers, almost 100 abstract submissions, 40 booth exhibitors, and more than 700 delegates registered, the congress included world-class talks covering critical themes such as cancer prevention, screening & diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and advocacy. With four parallel tracks with topics tailored for medical professionals, allied health professionals, researchers, and individuals interested in determinants of health, there truly was something for everyone. It was a pleasure to witness cross-disciplinary and international collaborations blossom before our very eyes.

The final keynote plenary was delivered by none other than the former Malaysian Health Minister Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin, who spoke on "Keeping on the Road Towards A Healthier Malaysia: Finished and Unfinished Business." Addressing a packed hall, Tuan Khairy joined a distinguished panel, including Prof Dr Rosmawati Mohamed, Dr Feisul Mustapha, Dr Hadi Mohamad Abu Rasheed, MD, PMP, and Prof Elil Renganathan, to discuss "How Can We Do Better: Roles and Responsibilities of All Stakeholders in Fulfilling the Health Agenda."

A heartfelt thank you to the National Cancer Society Malaysia and our dedicated committee members and student volunteers from the School of Medical and Life Sciences, Sunway University, for their tireless efforts in making this event possible.