2007 BCAC

2007 News Archive Snippets

Written or compiled and edited by Dr Evelyn Ho

The College of Radiology Value Added Mammogram Report 2007 – 14 June 2008

299 women benefitted from the 2007 CMP which were mainly for women from in and around Segamat. The Breast Cancer Support Society (BCSS) of Segamat was integral in coordinating this effort where women paid only RM30 for their value added mammogram, transport to and fro was provided and for those women needed biopsy, this was also funded by the CMP2007. Four women were detected with breast cancer.

Breast Health Awareness Charity Jogathon 2007, Sandakan, Sabah – 1 Dec 2007

The Sandakan Breast Health Awareness Committee organised a fund-raising activity in the form of a jogathon cum fellowship to raise funds for its ongoing outreach activities. Part of the funds raised was targeted for distribution to the breast cancer patients in Sandakan. The jogathon was officiated by the Sekong State Assemblyman, Datuk Mejar Samsudin bin Yahya. The jogathon attracted a participation of about 100 participants including members of the organising committee. It was very much a family event with the participants enjoying the jog, fellowship and dance.

Public Forum on Breast Health 2007, Keningau, Sabah – 19 Aug 2007

A public forum was held in Keningau, the biggest rural township of Sabah in a hotel named Hotel Juta. The hotel management sponsored the venue while the other expenditure was covered by IJM Plantations Berhad. The forum was also another collaboration with PEWASA-Keningau. A total of over 200 participants turned up for the forum. The State of Sabah President of PEWASA, Datuk Hjh Zahra Ismail officiated the event. On the following day, the Dr Azlinah Firzah Abdul Aziz and Mary Alex made a courtesy visit to the Director of Keningau General Hospital.

Public Forum on Breast Health 2007, Apin-Apin, Sabah – 18 Aug 2007

A public health forum was held in the rural town of Apin-Apin on 18 August 2007 in collaboration with Pertubuhan Wanita Sabah- Keningau (PEWASA) (Sabah Women’s Organisation) and Loongsyn Sdn Bhd of IJM Plantations Berhad. IJM Plantations Berhad has been very supportive of breast cancer awareness projects throughout Sabah, starting with Sandakan in 2006 and continuing into 2007 in Apin-Apin and Keningau. In addition to rendering ground support and assistance in implementation, IJM Plantations Berhad also provided sponsorship for the forum as part of its ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project to create awareness of breast health in Sabah.

The objective of the forum was to raise awareness amongst the rural participants on breast health and to promote breast self examination (BSE). The two speakers involved were Dr Azlina Firzah Abdul Aziz and Mary Alex. The talks and demonstrations were conducted in Bahasa Malaysia. Nurses from Hospital Keningau were available for translation into Bahasa Kadazan-Dusun. In Apin-Apin, the session was held in the town community hall packed with over 150 participants. The forum also attracted the ‘participation’ of several ‘guest’ goats and dogs wandering into the hall! The forum was officiated by the Bingkor State Assemblyman, Mr Justin Guka.

The Breast Cancer Support Society, Segamat Leads the Way Celebrating Life! – 15 Dec 2007

The Breast Cancer Support Society (BCSS) of Segamat held a dinner & dance for survivors, caregivers and all their members. The theme for the event was “Celebration of Life”. Every participant went back a winner and with a gladness in their hearts for as Lim Ah Cheng, a survivor, puts it, “I am very happy tonight for I was able to show to people that I can be as beautiful as any woman and even with breast cancer, I have the guts to go up on stage and sing!”

Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Charity Gala Dinner, KL Hilton – 7 Nov 2007

Estée Lauder Companies’s first charity gala dinner raised substantial funds for the breast cancer awareness, advocacy and support community. Entertainment from Joanne Yeoh, violinist extraordinaire, Jaclyn Victor and Vince Chong as well as a fashion show of exclusive pink-inspired gowns, subsequently auctioned off provided ample activity for the night!

Teddy Bear’s Tea Party at The Attic, Kuala Lumpur – 7 Oct 2007

It was a “beary” happy tea party to introduce a marvellous story of life and living with cancer by Annie Smith, PhD, a Canadian who had breast and then ovarian cancer. Annie is an artist, author and lecturer in art history at Sheridan College and an Associate Professor Adjunct at the University of Toronto. Her book is titled Bearing Up with Cancer.

Estée Lauder Companies’ Lights up Pavilion Kuala Lumpur in Pink – 1 Oct 2007

Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) has illuminated hundreds of famous buildings, monuments and landmarks in glowing pink light in over 50 countries. On the night of 1st Oct 2007, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur became the first in Malaysia to be part of the ELC’s Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative, a brainchild of Evelyn Lauder. This was indeed a grand start to ELC’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign in Malaysia.

Beginners’ Breast Health Workshop, Petaling Jaya – 22 Sep 2007

In this beginners’ breast health workshop, participants learnt the correct technique of systematic self breast examination. Participants were energised to be more breast health aware in this fun yet serious workshop held at the Breast Cancer Welfare Association office in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Trainers’ Breast Health Workshop, Petaling Jaya – 15 Sep 2007

Twenty-two ladies spent a good 4 hours at a trainers’ workshop on breast health to rejuvenate and update themselves on techniques, styles, tips and tricks to impart breast health awareness in others. Tan Sar Fee, from Kluang, Johor found it, “very motivating!”. Yet others wanted it to be a full day workshop as there was so much to cover.

“It Changed My Life!” – 10-12 Aug 2007

“It changed my life….” seemed to ring true for the gutsy women who shared their adventures with the delegates of the International Conference on Survivorship and Supportive Care in Cancer. The conference was held in Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur from 10-12 August 2007. The theme was Enabling Survival-Promoting Early Intervention and Care.

1st KL International Breast & Colorectal Cancer Congress – 9-11 Aug 2007

The name of the congress is self-explanatory. Breast and colorectal (colon and rectum) cancers were the focus of the scientific programme presented at the congress. Breast and colorectal cancers are very common in women and men respectively in Malaysia. Workshops on Breast ultrasound as well as laparoscopic colorectal surgery were also held. Topics covered attracted surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, gynaecologists, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other paramedical personnel. There were about 1,000 delegates at the congress.

Radiology Malaysia Editor Meets Partners for the Radiology Malaysia Website and Breast Health at the 1st KL Breast and Colorectal Cancer Congress – 9-11 Aug 2007

Radiology Malaysia visited the Trade Exhibition held in conjunction with the 1st KL International Breast and Colorectal Cancer Congress. Nothing like a personal visit to the partners in breast health, the Radiology Malaysia website and those involved in the diagnostic equipment, therapeutic equipment and of course, pharmaceuticals. Find out about Touchpoint, a patient support programme.

Saving Lives Through Early Detection Charity Hi-Tea, Kuala Lumpur – 28 June 2007

The Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA) and Avon Malaysia has forged a partnership to raise funds to conduct hands-on training workshops for women in local communities in Malaysia to enable them to practice early detection of breast cancer. RM 127, 212.25 were raised during the Charity Hi Tea on 28 June 2007.

Specialist Breast Cancer Nurse Education Course, Kuala Lumpur – 18-22 June 2007

Twenty-seven nurses from all over Malaysia including Sabah and Sarawak congregated in the National Cancer Society of Malaysia’s Resource & Wellness Centre, Kuala Lumpur for an intensive 5-day course in June 2007. The course was sponsored by BP, organised by Amanita and National Cancer Society of Malaysia and supported by the College of Radiology, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia.

East Coast Surgical Symposium: Challenges in Management of Breast Cancer, Kuantan – 12-13 May 2007

The first East Coast Surgical Symposium (ECSS) centred on Breast Cancer was held in the Auditorium of the Kuliyyah of Medicine, Indera Makhota Campus, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in Kuantan, Pahang from 12-13 May 2007. The symposium was designed to be a platform to deliver knowledge and experience from around the country as well as to delineate the role of healthcare providers in the management of breast cancer.

Estée Lauder: Girls’ Breast Friend! Kuala Lumpur – 27 April 2007

Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) Malaysia’s 20th Anniversary Celebration was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur in a glitzy dinner affair. The College of Radiology was delighted and thrilled to receive a donation of RM 50,000 for its mammogram and breast health programmes for 2007 at the dinner. Soprano Tan Soo Suan accompanied by the Dama Orchestra entertained the guests.

Prize Presentation of Discover Radiology Malaysia Fun Online Quiz, Kuala Lumpur – 24 Mar 2007

The Prize Presentation of Discover Radiology Malaysia Fun Online Quiz 2006 was held at Zuho Restaurant in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Juwita Suwito and Vince Chong performed at the event to the delight of all the 19 prize winners and guests. The guests and winners were also given roundup of the 2006 College of Radiology website and breast health related activities.

Reach to Recovery Training – 16-18 Mar 2007

A training workshop for volunteer breast cancer survivors in Malaysia was held in the Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA) from 16th to 18th of March 2007. There were 18 participants, two of whom were from Indonesia. Topics covered were to prepare them for effective counselling, support, advocacy, training and teaching of breast health awareness.

Standard of Care in Breast Cancer Goes to Johor Bahru – 10 Feb 2007

This full day programme was held at the Sri Pandan Auditorium, Hospital Sultan Ismail. It was well attended by doctors, nurses and other health professionals from Johor. This was the first meeting organized by the Oncology Centre, Hospital Sultan Ismail under the helm of Dr Mohd Roslan Haron. Astrazeneca sponsored the event.

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