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MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional) or National Cancer Council is a not-for-profit mainly tasked to pool and utilise every effort, expertise and welfare from every faction of society to fight cancer and to reduce the pain, suffering and morbidity that cancer patients often experience.

It aims to provide curative care and preventive care, cancer research and support services to cancer patients and their families, high-risk groups and the general public in Malaysia and the region.

Together with ordinary Malaysians from all walks of life, MAKNA hopes to inspire extraordinary change and give people affected by cancer renewed hope in life.

MAKNA was registered under the Registrar of Societies on 10 November 1994 and was officially launched on 30 March 1995. MAKNA was founded by Dato’Mohd Farid Ariffin.

To mobilise resources in order to provide curative, preventive, research and support services to cancer patients and their families, high-risk groups and the general public, in Malaysia and the World.

The human spirit can achieve what it is set out to do when the will is able.

To pool and utilize all efforts, expertise and finance from all sectors of the society, to fight cancer and reduce related pain, morbidity and the suffering that cancer patients undergo.
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For over two decades now, MAKNA has not faltered in its fight against cancer, which is estimated to put one in seven Malaysian males and one in six Malaysian females at risk of developing in their lifetime.*

Although engaged in a difficult battle, MAKNA has waged numerous successful ‘campaigns’ over the years. Do take a moment to glance through the organisation’s achievements.


 MAKNA is set up and registered under Malaysia’s Registrar of Societies.


 MAKNA receives tax-exemption status from the Malaysian government;
The not-for-profit organisation is officially launched on March 30th.


 MAKNA’s IKM-PPUKM cancer treatment centre opens on April 19th.


 HLA Typing Service and Bone Marrow Donor Registry (Patient Services) are formed.


 MAKNA embarks on numerous research collaborations with various Malaysian institutions of higher learning.


 MAKNA launches the Young Survivors Scholarship Programme.


 MAKNA introduces its unique Micro Credit Programme.


 MAKNA MAKNA Cancer Helpline – 1-800-88 MAKNA (62562) formed


 MAKNA Cancer Research Institute opened


 MAKNA Mobile Cancer Screening Unit is launched.

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          * National Cancer Registry (NCR) Cancer Incidence in Peninsular Malaysia 2003-2005 report.          
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The Periwinkle plant is so common, we bet you’ve come across it but not realised its curative properties. Indeed, did you know that this pleasant purple-and-white creation of nature is widely used in the treatment of cancer?

Locally known as Kemunting Cina, the Periwinkle is a perennial plant commonly found in gardens, by the roadside and even on playgrounds in Malaysia. This lovely and delicate flower is in fact revolutionising the treatment of cancer through a number of chemotherapy drugs.

Chemicals in these plants have been found to contain the unique ability to keep certain kinds of cancerous cells from reproducing. For example, these chemicals have been known to have helped increase the survival rate of childhood leukaemia from a mere 10 per cent to 95 per cent!

The most important plant source ingredient in chemotherapy is alkaloids from the Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus Rosevs). Two alkaloids named vinblasfine and vincrisfine are today commonly used individually or combined with other forms of therapy for cancer treatment.

Could there be a better symbol than the Periwinkle to be MAKNA’s logo – and the organisation’s emblem in the battle against cancer?
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