The Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report (MNCR) 2007-2011

The Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report (MNCR) 2007-2011 was published by National Cancer Institute on it’s website in October, 2016. To view and/or download this report: Click here

It was stated in this report that:

“The first five year report of the Malaysian National Cancer Registry attempts to provide information on cancer incidence from 2007 to 2011 on cases which were reported and recorded in thirteen states and two federal territories. This report will serve as a baseline by which future reports will be compared with. It is recommended that in this report, caution is advised in the interpretation of the incidence of cancer rather than focusing on the absolute numbers and rates of the burden of cancer. The profile of cancer should be looked at in terms of distribution by age, ethnicity, sex and geography. The incidence varies between states partially due to the difference of population structure…”

The next MNCR report will be for the data of 2012-2014. The registry is now in the process of completing the collection of these data, which understandably are quite complex and laborious. This process also involves data verification which will require a lot of time and effort before it can be ready for analysis and to produce a credible report.

As reported by the MNCR 2007-2011, a total number of 103,507 new cancer cases were diagnosed in Malaysia during the period of 2007 to 2011, of which 46,794 (45.2%) were reported in males and 56,713 (54.8%) in females. As stated in the report the risk of males getting cancer was 1 in 10 and for females was 1 in 9.



Source: Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report (MNCR) 2007-2011

The age standardised incidence rates (ASR) for males and females were 86.9 and 89.0 per 100,000 population in males and females respectively. The ASR in Chinese males were 112.9 per 100,000 population while in females were 126.2 per 100,000 population, Malay males were 70.7 per 100,000 population and females were 81.9 per 100,000 population, Indian males were 70.4 per 100,000 population and females were 110.1 per 100,000 population. The five most common cancers among males were cancers of the colorectal (16.3%), lung (15.8%), nasopharynx (8.1%), lymphoma (6.8%) and prostate (6.7%). Among females, the five most common were cancers of the breast (32.1%), colorectal (10.7%), cervix uteri (7.7%), ovary (6.1%) and lung (5.6%).


Source: Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report (MNCR) 2007-2011

The National Cancer Registry provides important epidemiological data of cancers, cancer burdens, trending and high risk group identification. The National Cancer Registry is one of the key priorities in the National Cancer Control Blueprint 2008-2015. Registration takes into account prognostic variables and allows individual feedback to all cancer centres on process and outcome indicators. The report from this registry will facilitates the planning and institutionalisation of appropriate measures and the distribution of cancer care. The overall benefits derived from this result will be reflected in our ability to provide effective healthcare services which is in line with the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK-11) and the National Strategic Plan for Cancer Control Programme (NSPCCP) 2016-2020.



  1. Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report (MNCR) 2007-2011
  2. Press Statement Director General Of Health 25th November 2016 – The Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report

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