2005 BCAC

2005 News Archive Snippets

Written or compiled and edited by Dr Evelyn Ho

The 2005 College of Radiology Mammogram Programme benefits 612 women!

There were three proven breast cancers amongst the 242 Terengganu women accessing the mammogram programme in the last quarter of 2005 and fortunately none at the time of this report for the Johor participants. Both Terengganu and Johor joined the states that have been served by the College of Radiology’s Mammogram Programme.

Breast Cancer Support Society, Segamat serves rural areas & Breast Cancer Support Society, Kluang is formed! – Dec 2005

Madam Loh Mee Lee, the President of the Breast Cancer Support Society of Segamat, Johor reports a busy 2005 as they reach out to the more rural areas – Cha’ah, Labis, Kluang and Jementah. BCSS Segamat Branch had been integral in helping to form The Breast Cancer Support Society, Kluang in early December 2005! Ms Helen Chin, a retired nurse is the chairperson of the Kluang BCSS. Kluang is in central Johor and is heavily populated because of booming industrial activities, rubber and palm oil-agro business. Segamat BCSS is now planning breast cancer awareness activities for 2006 and has enlisted the help of the local Chinese newspapers, Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press. Mdm Loh is happy to report that they have achieved their objectives of self breast examination and awareness to the folk around Segamat, northern Johor.

Novartis-MBCC Breast Cancer Leadership Award 2005 – 5 Dec 2005

The breast cancer advocacy community received a boost when four individuals received nominations for the breast cancer leadership award. Dr Evelyn Ho won the inaugural award.

SHELL Malaysia boosts MMA Foundation Radiology Fund– 5 Dec 2005

About 40 people were entertained to an interactive talk on breast cancer and the art of being breast aware at Shell House, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. At the event, donations were received to help in the fight against breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Overview at Prudential, Taman SEA branch, Petaling Jaya – 23 Nov 2005

Dr Evelyn Ho delivered the basic overview of breast cancer with information and salient points highlighted in just about 40 minutes. The audience was interactive and responsive making it a lively event. 41 highly motivated individuals hopefully walked away enlightened and ready to learn to take charge of their breast health.

Walking Pink in KLCC Park – 2 Oct 2005

It was a sea of pink T-shirt-clad people led by the DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Tuanku Permaisuri Agung. Everyone was dressed in the pink T-shirt “uniform” and thronged the KLCC park in support of breast cancer awareness. The event was organised in conjunction with Estee Lauder’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

Wear It Pink Walk For Life, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur – 2 Oct 2005

Early in the morning on Sunday, 2 Oct 2005, YB Dato’ Dr Chua Soi Lek, Minister of Health Malaysia joined the warm up exercises and officiated at the 8km Walk For Life, organised by Pantai Medical Centre and Asia Assistance.

Malaysian Oncological Society (MOS) Launches HOPE Programme and HOPE Handbook – 23 September 2005

The Deputy Health Minister of Malaysia, YB Datuk Dr Hj Abd Latiff Ahmad officiated at the launch of the HOPE Programme that is aimed at providing accurate information relating to cancer to help patients, caregivers, the general public and healthcare professionals make informed decisions. The Hope Handbook is the first product in this long-term programme. The Handbook is a resource guidebook for newly diagnosed cancer patients, caregivers and general public. It will be distributed free of charge at oncology clinics and cancer support groups. The HOPE Programme is supported by Pfizer Malaysia.

“Celebrate Life”: National Cancer Society of Malaysia Organises ‘Yellow Week’ events – September 2005

CelebrateLife! was the theme of this year’s National Cancer Society of Malaysia’s cancer awareness week. Events held included road shows at Suria KLCC and Bangsar Shopping Complex. Fund raising events included the CelebrateLife Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament and a dinner show with the Philharmonic Society of Selangor.

Getting to Grips with Breast Awareness – 20 Aug 2005

21 ladies participated in the Art of Being Breast Aware workshop held at J & J Medical, Wisma Zuellig, Petaling Jaya. The group had a wide age range from the twenties to sixties and many of them were breast cancer survivors. Facts on breast health were given to build the foundation towards understanding the breasts. The aims were to correct misconceptions, empower with information and motivate the participants to be self breast aware. Hands on sessions were given on how to feel their breasts systematically. Teaching silicon breast models were used to practice and observe technique as well as for the participants to try to find breast “lumps”. The workshop was conducted by Dr Evelyn Ho, assisted by Annie Tang, Lynn Leong, June Yeoh, Rosa Ho and Francis Lee. Tea and venue were courtesy of J & J Medical.

How to be Self Breast Aware? – 6 Aug 2005

It was another Saturday afternoon workshop at J & J Medical, Wisma Zuellig in Petaling Jaya. There were about 35 participants and the session kicked off with 4 volunteers acting out a skit. The workshop was conducted by Dr Evelyn Ho with the assistance of Mrs June Yeoh of the National Council of Women’s Organisations, Soo Jok Hua and Jessica Lau from the Breast Cancer Welfare Association, Rosa Ho from J & J Medical and Dr Violet How. The interactive workshop was an eye opener for many with the revelation of basic breast health facts and was an avenue for questions on various stories, myths as well as sharing of experiences. The workshop participants were treated to home-cooked food courtesy of Dr Violet How and Hooi Yin. Although only about 60% felt they could teach self breast examination to others, almost everyone felt they had dramatically increased their understanding of breast health by the end of the workshop. Most found the hands on and practical sessions useful.

Walk With Pride Fashion & Fund Raising Extravaganza – 31 July 2005

Breast cancer survivors from the Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA) joined others in a fund raising extravaganza, “Walk with Pride” organised by PRIDE (Pink Ribbon Deeds) with the support of Penyayang and University of Bristol Alumni Association.

The PINK Challengers at the 26th Penang International Dragon Boat Festival – 12 June 2005

Breast cancer survivors from the Breast Cancer Welfare Association showed physical and mental strength when they participated in the Penang Dragon Boat Race recently. The rowing participants were all breast cancer survivors.

Students of the Vocational Training Centre, YWCA Kuala Lumpur get solid head start to taking charge of their breast health – 8 May 2005

Nothing like starting them young and what a day to do so – Mothers’ Day! A 4-hour long interactive workshop on breast health was held for underprivileged girls from 7 states in Malaysia.

Mothers’ Day Gift at Pusat Injil, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur -7 May 2005

Caring for “mum’s” breasts (focused on how to be breast aware) was one of the activities arranged by the women’s group in Pusat Injil TTDI.

Art of Being Breast Aware with the Methodist Women – 16 April 2005

Dr Evelyn Ho shared the art of being breast aware with some 37 women and 3 men in an interactive session on a Saturday afternoon.

Breast Cancer Awareness Roadshow in Saleng, Johore – 10 April 2005

The College of Radiology collaborated with the Johor Breast Cancer Support Groups to raise breast cancer awareness and also to enable the eligible public to register for the value added subsidised mammogram programme (only cost RM 50 for the participant). The roadshow was truly a combination of entertainment, education, and basic health checks for those visiting the Dewan Serbaguna Saleng.

College of Radiology continues with education campaign on air thanks to Astro’s Malam Ini ZR – 23 & 30 March 2005

Breast cancer was featured on Astro’s Malam Ini ZR – a live talk show in Bahasa Malaysia. Both Zainal Abas and Raiana Abdul Rahman were comfortable discussing this topic which also featured phone-ins from the viewers. Issues brought up included the fact that men could get breast cancer as well as the role of men and support in breast cancer. The response from the viewers was excellent on the 23 March 2005 programme and another segment on breast cancer was deemed necessary.

For the 30 March 2005 programme, long time survivor, Mdm C. Sarojini joined Dr Evelyn Ho as guests. This brought another dimension to the discussions – the experience of winning the fight against breast cancer from a survivor. A viewer phoned in from Shah Alam to give his comments on the importance of good support for someone diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for cancer. The College of Radiology thanks Astro for providing the opportunity to spread the message on breast health awareness!

Program Nur: Reach to Recovery Training Workshop for Breast Cancer Survivors & Support Volunteers – Self Breast Examination Workshop – 13 March 2005

14 women stayed for the self breast examination workshop that lasted from 2pm to 6pm on the last day programme, 13 March 2005. Despite it being a Sunday, the question and answer session carried on until 6 pm.

Getting MESRA on breast health awareness – 19 Feb 2005

The first workshop of the year kicked off in Johnson & Johnson’s Seminar Room packed with many volunteers and members of Malacca’s Breast Cancer Support Group and 4 participants from Puteri Specialist Hospital, Johor Bahru. There was a gentleman in the midst of all the 37 ladies. Amongst the ladies from all walks of life, were of course, breast cancer survivors. The whole afternoon was spent on getting to know the breast anatomy and physiology, how to perform proper self breast examination and how to teach it. The participants were updated with the diagnostic techniques and the availability of these techniques in Malaysia. To make good their trip from Malacca, earlier in the day, MESRA members (the name of the Malacca Breast Cancer Support Group) were introduced to the various breast prostheses and garments used after mastectomy or lumpectomies. This took place with the assistance of Medisia Sdn Bhd and the National Cancer Society.

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