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National Cancer Institute Offers Free Meds + Cheap Chemo?

National Cancer Institute Offers Free Meds + Cheap Chemo?

Does the National Cancer Institute in Putrajaya offer free medication, and cheap chemotherapy?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : National Cancer Institute Offers Free Meds + Cheap Chemo!

This message has been circulating on WhatsApp for several years now :

If you know anyone who needs chemo treatment (化疗) and doesn’t have insurance or money, kindly refer them to National Cancer Institute in Putrajaya.

Chemo is RM4k and for seniors citizens it is only RM200 per chemo.

Medication is free. Twin sharing room is RM80.

Doctors and nurses are competent and it’s a new hospital less than 3 years old.

Please share so that our community will benefit out of this information.

National Cancer Institute (Institut Kanser Negara)

Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
No. 4, Jalan P7, Presint 7,
62250 Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya.
Tel : +603-8892 5555
Faks: +603-8892 5588

Email: ncipro@nci.gov.my
URL: http://nci.moh.gov.my

Director: Dr. Asmayani binti Khalib

 

Truth : National Cancer Institute Offer Is Fake News!

The viral message has been going around since 2016, and is FAKE NEWS. Let’s take a look at the facts…

Fact #1 : National Cancer Institute Was Established In 2013

The National Cancer Institute began operations on 2 September 2013, providing world-class treatments and healthcare for cancer patients.

That ties in with the first circulation of this fake message around 2016, which claims that the hospital is less than 3 years old.

Fact #2 : National Cancer Institute Is A Public Hospital

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a public hospital under the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM). Therefore, it is no surprise that it provides treatments at highly affordable rates.

However, it is misleading to refer people to the National Cancer Institute for free medication and cheap chemotherapy, because the NCI charges the SAME RATES as other KKM public hospitals!

Fact #3 : Charges Are All Wrong

As mentioned in Fact #3, the National Cancer Institute charges the same rates as other public hospitals.

The NCI website even refers patients to the Malaysia Ministry of Health’s page on hospital charges, which will show you that the fees mentioned are wrong :

  • Each chemotherapy treatment costs RM200 for First Class, RM100 for Second Class, and just RM50 for Third Class.
  • A private room with air-conditioning costs RM80 per day.
  • A private room without air-conditioning costs RM60 per day.
  • A twin-sharing room, without air-conditioning costs RM40 per day.

The prices mentioned above are accurate as of 29 October 2021.

Fact #4 : NCI Called The Post “Fabricated” And “Baseless”

The Director of the National Cancer Institute actually issued a press release on 18 August 2016, which labelled the post as “fabricated” and “baseless”.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) is concerned on the OFFER which was disseminated via social media since the past few months on NCI’s treatment charges which is also included the name of NCI Director, Dr Asmayani binti Khalib and NCI contact details.

NCI asserted that such OFFER is FABRICATED and BASELESS. Each treatment received by the patients varies as the attending officers make recommendation based on the patients’ needs. Information on treatment charge is available on NCI website: http://nci.moh.gov.my/.

Director
National Cancer Institute
Ministry of Health, Malaysia
18th August 2016

 

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Why Fully-Vaccinated Colin Powell Died From COVID-19

Find out WHY Colin Powell caught COVID-19 and died from it, despite being fully vaccinated!

 

Colin Powell Died From COVID-19 Complications

Former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, died on the morning of Monday, 18 October 2021, due to “complications from COVID-19”. His family also stated that he was “fully-vaccinated”.

General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19. He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.

The Powell Family

Almost immediately, antivaxxers gleefully shared the news, pointing out that Colin Powell died from COVID-19 even though he was fully-vaccinated.

They believe that his death proves that the COVID-19 vaccines are useless… some even suggested he died because of the vaccine.

 

Why Fully-Vaccinated Colin Powell Died From COVID-19

It is distasteful for me to even get into this so soon after his death, but it has to be done.

So let’s take a look at WHY former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, got infected with COVID-19 and died from it, even though he was fully-vaccinated.

Fact #1 : Elderly More Prone To Vaccine Breakthrough

Colin Powell was 84 years old when he got infected by COVID-19. His age puts him at significantly higher risk of hospitalisation and mortality, even if he’s fully-vaccinated.

That’s partly because the COVID-19 vaccine is NOT a shield, but a self-defence class that teaches our immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus and make antibodies against it.

The immune system of elderly individuals do not respond to vaccines as robustly as younger adults. That’s why they experience more cases of vaccine breakthrough infections, hospitalisations and yes, deaths.

Read more : What You Need To Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough!

Fact #2 : Colin Powell Had Multiple Myeloma

Colin Powell survived prostate cancer, after undergoing surgery to remove the tumour in 2003.

And in 2019, General Powell revealed that he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, after sharing a fireside chat with Kathy Giusti at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation annual dinner.

Kathy Giusti and Colin Powell at 2019 Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation fireside chat | Photo credit : Steve Becker Photography

Fact #3 : Multiple Myeloma Reduces Response To mRNA Vaccines

Even though General Powell was fully-vaccinated, he may not have been developed a good enough immune response due to multiple myeloma.

The Stampfer et. al study that was published in July 2021 showed that LESS THAN HALF of multiple myeloma patients responded adequately to mRNA vaccines :

  • only 45% of patients developed an adequate response
  • 22% of patients only developed a partial response
  • lower antibody levels were seen with patients with older age, impaired renal function, etc.

They concluded that “most multiple myeloma patients have impaired responses to mRNA vaccination against COVID-19“.

Such immunocompromised individuals usually require a booster dose of the vaccine to develop an adequate immune response against COVID-19.

Fact #4 : Multiple Myeloma Weakens Immune System

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells – a type of white blood cell that produces antibodies.

Untreated, the cancerous plasma cells (myeloma) produce abnormal antibodies that are not only useless, they build up in the body and damage the kidneys.

The multiple myelomas also multiply and overwhelm the normal plasma cells, reducing the amount of working antibodies.

That’s why multiple myeloma patients are at higher risk of developing infections.

Credit : Oncopeptides

Fact #5 : Multiple Myeloma Treatment Weakens Immune System

Ironically, the treatment for multiple myeloma often suppresses the immune system, leaving the patient more vulnerable to infections, including COVID-19.

Multiple myeloma patients like General Powell remain at significantly greater risk of infection, even while the treatment suppresses the cancerous cells and prolongs their lives.

Fact #6 : Colin Powell’s Death Emphasises Importance Of Herd Immunity

General Powell’s death is not proof that vaccines do not work. Instead, it emphasises the importance of herd immunity.

People who are immunocompromised like General Powell may not gain adequate protection even if fully-vaccinated. But they can be protected if transmission of COVID-19 is blocked by other vaccinated people in the community.

This herd immunity provides indirect protection, not just against vaccine breakthrough infections, but also for people who cannot be vaccinated yet – children, people with severe allergies, etc.

However, herd immunity is only achieved when a large majority – most scientists think about 80% – of the population is vaccinated against COVID-19.

Here is the takeaway lesson – we need to protect vulnerable members of our community by vaccinating enough people to achieve herd immunity.

So reach out to your family and friends who are still not vaccinated, and encourage them to get protected against COVID-19!

 

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Kinder Joy : Does Its Wax Coating Cause Cancer?

Is it true that the wax coating of Kinder Joy chocolate candy can cause cancer?

Take a look at the viral health alert, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Kinder Joy Wax Coating Causes Cancer!

Several variations of this health alert about the wax coating of Kinder Joy causing cancer have been circulating since 2014. Here is one example :

“Kinder Joy contains wax coating which is also used in styrofoam containers. That is why Kinder Joy don’t stick to each other when eating it.

Our body needs up to two days to clean the wax. Make sure you stop eating Kinder Joy. This wax can cause CANCER. Share if you care.

 

Kinder Joy : Does Its Wax Coating Cause Cancer?

Is there any truth to these claims? Let’s break down the claims to easily digestible portions, and find out what’s true and what’s false…

Claim #1 : Styrofoam containers use a wax coating
Verdict : False

Styrofoam, which is a type of polystyrene foam, is hydrophobic. That means it naturally repels water.

Styrofoam containers therefore do NOT require a wax coating. Only paper cups and food containers require a wax or polyethylene coating to make them waterproof.

Claim #2 : The same wax coating is used in Kinder Joy
Verdict : False

Since styrofoam containers do not use any wax coating, this claim is automatically FALSE.

But let’s just find out if wax is even used in Kinder Joy. Here is the list of ingredients used in Kinder Joy (in descending order of content) :

Sugar, Palmolein, Skimmed Cow Milk Powder (19.5%), Palm Oil, Low Fat Cocoa Powder (4%), Wheat Flour, Edible Vegetable Fat, Toasted Wheat Germ, Wheat Starch, Powdered Barley Malt Extract, Emulsifier (Lecithin – INS 322), Whey Powder, Sunflower Seed Oil (High Oleic Acid), Raising Agents (INS 503ii, INS 500ii), Salt.

No wax, of any kind, is listed as an ingredient but it is possible that paraffin wax may be an unlisted additive.

Claim #3 : The wax coating prevents Kinder Joy from sticking to each other
Verdict : False

Paraffin wax, as well as other kinds of food-grade waxes, are commonly added to chocolates, candy, hard cheeses and baked goods to ensure that they remain solid at room temperature and/or to give them a shine.

Claim #4 : Our body needs up to two days to “clean the wax”
Verdict : False

Paraffin wax, as well as other kinds of food-grade waxes, are inert and indigestible.

That means whatever wax you consume will not be absorbed or change its form or chemistry.

It will just pass right through your gastrointestinal tract and get excreted in your poop.

Claim #5 : The wax coating causes cancer
Verdict : False

Food-grade waxes have been used as food preservatives and additives for thousands of years.

The most likely target of this warning is paraffin wax, which is commonly sold as baker’s wax or canning wax and have been used as a food additive since the 1930s.

There is one way paraffin wax can potentially cause cancer, but it’s not by ingestion.

A South Carolina State University experiment showed that burning paraffin wax candles for 5-6 hours in an enclosed space can produce significant amounts of harmful and potentially carcinogenic chemicals, including formaldehyde.

 

Verdict : Kinder Joy Cancer Claim Is 100% FALSE!

In conclusion, Kinder Joy does not have a wax coating. And food-grade waxes of any kind do not cause cancer.

In fact, we would like to point out that many natural health stores and “experts” are advocating the use of natural waxes, as opposed to “chemicals” in baking, etc.

This warning is yet another of many fake warnings about “dangerous additives” in our food circulating on the Internet.

It preys on our fear of the unknown additives in processed food. As they say – you only fear what you don’t know.

But now we know that this is nothing but a bunch of baloney. Make sure you SPREAD the knowledge by SHARING this article with your family and friends!

 

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Did Larry King Die From COVID-19 After Surviving Cancer?

Did Larry King die from COVID-19 after surviving TWO cancers, heart surgery, and SEVEN WIVES?

Find out what the viral news about Larry King’s death, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Larry King Die From COVID-19 After Surviving Cancer?

This is the advice that has been circulating on Instagram and WhatsApp about Larry King dying from COVID-19 :

Larry King was diabetic

He survived 2 cancers : lung and prostate

He survived quintuple bypass heart surgery

He survived at least two cardiac arrest

He survived SEVEN WIVES

Then Covid happened…

WEAR YOUR DAMN MASK

 

No, Larry King Did NOT Die From COVID-19

As much as we admire the effectiveness of the message in reminding people to wear a face mask to protect themselves against COVID-19, Larry King did not die from COVID-19.

That said, please WEAR A FACE MASK, distance yourself from other people in public, and practice good hand hygiene, to protect yourself against COVID-19!

Here are the facts about what Larry King went through in life, and his death.

Fact #1 : Larry King Had Lung + Prostate Cancers

In 1999, Larry King was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and was successfully treated for it.

Then in 2017, he had surgery to remove a lump in his lung, that turned out to be malignant.

Fact #2 : Larry King Had One Known Heart Attack

Larry King had a heart attack in 1987, which led to a quintuple heart-bypass surgery.

This was followed by an angioplasty in 1997 for a clogged heart vessel. Ten years later, he had angioplasty and stents inserted.

Fact #3 : Larry King Survived A Stroke

In March 2019, he suffered a stroke and was in coma for weeks. He survived that, but lost some function in his left foot.

Fact #4 : Larry King Had 7 Wives In 8 Marriages

Larry King was actually married eight times, to seven different women.

  • Freda Miller in 1952
  • Annette Kaye in 1961
  • Alene Akins in 1961
  • Mickey Sutphin in 1964
  • Alene Akins (again) in 1968
  • Sharon Lepore in 1976
  • Julie Alexander in 1989
  • Shawn Southwick in 1997

Fact #5 : Larry King Had COVID-19 But Died Of Sepsis

Larry King was hospitalised for COVID-19 in December 2020, and died on 23 January 2021.

However, his ex-wife Shawn Southwick (whom he divorced in 2019) said that he recovered from COVID-19, but died of sepsis as a complication.

It can be argued though that if he didn’t contract COVID-19, he wouldn’t have suffered from sepsis during his recovery…

 

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That Dragon Cancer Game Proceeds To Go To Charities

IRVINE, Calif. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced that all Razer’s proceeds from the sale of the game That Dragon, Cancer via Razer Cortex for Android TV will go to two cancer charities, Morgan Adams Foundation, which directly funds cancer research through working with physicians, and Family House SF, which provides free housing to families visiting hospitals in San Francisco to undergo prolonged clinical trials and treatment. The two organizations were selected due to their importance to the Green family.

That Dragon, Cancer is an immersive, narrative videogame that retells Joel Green’s 4-year fight against cancer through about two hours of poetic, imaginative gameplay that explores themes of faith, hope, and love. Using simple point-and-click interaction, the player is invited to slow down and immerse themselves in a deeply personal memoir featuring audio taken from Green family home videos, spoken word poetry, and in-game tributes to the loved ones of over 200 Kickstarter backers.

Joel Green was diagnosed with AT/RT brain cancer at twelve months old and was given a terminal diagnosis shortly before age two. Though initially given only a short time to live, Joel continued to survive for four more years before eventually succumbing to the cancer on March 13, 2014.

[adrotate banner=”4″]Developed by Joel’s parents Ryan and Amy Green, partner Josh Larson, and the rest of the Numinous Games studio, That Dragon, Cancer was largely funded by OUYA, which was acquired by Razer in July 2015 and now provides content for Android TV games via Razer’s Forge TV micro console. Upon its release, That Dragon, Cancer will mark OUYA’s first step into multi-platform game publishing as a promotional partner with Numinous Games for Forge TV as well as on Windows and Mac OS.

“When we first acquired OUYA, it was with the vision of bringing Android gaming to the living room,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “By doing that, we now have the opportunity to give back to the community in a big way, by bringing this game to the public and by making sure all our proceeds go right back into the fight against cancer.”

In celebration of the game’s launch, Numinous Games is encouraging supporters to host a pancake party for friends and family – pancakes were Joel’s favorite food – and post pictures to social media channels with the hashtag #thatdragoncancer. To show its solidarity with the developers, Razer will be hosting a “Pancakes for Lunch” party at its offices around the world and supporting other community parties with giveaways.

 

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