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of Radiology receives RM200,000 from the Estée Lauder Companies of Malaysia
Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign 2012, Kuala Lumpur – 8 Jan 2013
At a thank you luncheon held at Sage Restaurant, Gardens, Mid Valley City,
Kuala Lumpur, Managing Director of Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) of Malaysia,
Paul Slavin presented cheques to four Non-Government Organisations. The
funds were raised from the 2012 ELC Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Each
of the organisations receive RM200,000. Representing the NGOs at the
luncheon were Jessie Fung of the College of Radiology, Claire Ratnasingham
of National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Prof Dr Teoh Soo Hwang of CARIF, and
Assoc Prof Dr Zaharah Ayub of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association of
Lauder Companies (ELC) Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign 2012
raises RM 800,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness - 31 October 2012
The 2012 Estee Lauder Companies (ELC) Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
raised a total of RM 800,000. The funds will be channeled to beneficiaries –
The Breast Cancer Welfare Association, The Cancer Research Initiatives
Foundation, The College of Radiology Malaysia and The National Cancer
Society of Malaysia. Ramin Karimloo was the star singer enthralling the
audience with rendition of broadway hits. Our own Jaclyn Victor was the
guest singer. Congratulations to ELC and all those involved in organising
this year's campaign!
Science Centre Lights Up in Pink, Kuala Lumpur – 29 Sep 2012 This year, the Estée Lauder
Companies (ELC) Malaysia Landmark Illumination is that of the National
Science Centre [link to www.psn.gov.my] in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. The
“lighting up” took place at 8pm on Saturday, 29th September 2012 and was
witnessed by guests as well as participants of the Pink Ribbon Charity Walk
which took place earlier in the evening. The building will stay awashed in
pink for the whole month of October. Gracing the occasion was the Deputy
Secretary General (Science) Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
Yg Bhg Prof Datin Paduka Dr Khatijah Mohd Yusoff.
Pink Ribbon Members’ Retreat: Towards Growing Awareness, Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah -8 to 9 Sep 2012 About 45
ladies, mostly from Kota Kinabalu with a few from Tawau met up in Beringgis
Beach Resort, Kota Kinabalu for an “educational” retreat focussed on
“Towards Growing Awareness”. Kinabalu Pink Ribbon, the breast cancer support
society in Kota Kinabalu organised this event with 4 invited speakers, a
breast cancer survivor, a radiologist, an oncologist and a nutritionist.
Making Sense of Your/The Mammogram, A Public Forum @ Sime Darby Specialist Centre Megah, Petaling Jaya – 9 June 2012 “To screen or not to screen, do I need a mammogram, when do I need a mammogram, what is the digital mammogram, won’t an ultrasound of the breasts be better, how come mammograms miss cancers, what is best for me with regard screening for breast cancer?” – These were some of the questions addressed at a public forum conducted by Dr Evelyn Ho at Sime Darby Specialist Centre Megah.
MenCare: Don’t Let Her Stand Alone Launch, Kuala Lumpur - 30 Mar 2012 “Men’s support of early screening is vital in the fight against breast cancer” continues to underline the National Council of Women’s Organisation and Pfizer Malaysia’s collaboration in a project that began in 2006. The MenCare Coffee Table Book is a milestone in the five years of continuous advocacy by MenCare and was launched with the assistance of MenCare advocates - Henry Golding, Kid Chan, Sharizan Borhan, Chan Fong and Hansen Lee. The advocates took their time to share their support for the cause and highlight the urgency in educating the male community about breast cancer. The advocates also stressed the role of the men and how early detection can save lives.
BCWA Hosts A Chinese New Year Luncheon For Its Members, Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur – 19 Feb 2012 The Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA) organised a luncheon for its members at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur on a Sunday, 19 Feb 2012. Ms Ranjit Kaur, Chief Executive Officer of the BCWA as well as Dr Zaharah Aiyub, the President of the BCWA started off the luncheon with short speeches. It was an opportunity for the BCWA members to catch up with each other, and have some fun whilst feasting on a good lunch. The constant hum of chatter was obvious and it was difficult to get the attendees to stay silent even for a short while for the necessary speeches.
The College of Radiology Value Added Mammogram is ONE DECADE old now! The 2011 CMP Report A total of 8,218 women have been part of the value added CoR Mammogram Programme which is now focused on the East Coast and Southern state of West Malaysia. The reason for this is because of the availability of a more holistic approach to provision of this early detection or diagnostic service in relatively underserved areas. The CoR collaborates with the accredited mammogram providers as well as the breast cancer support groups to ensure participants are navigated through the whole process and receive the support they need in the event of diagnosis of breast cancer or even benign breast lesions that may worry the participant.
Kuantan ‘Zumba® Fitness’ Charity for Breast Cancer Awareness Program, Kuantan, Pahang – 19 Nov 2011 Two hours just flew by as the 200 participants, including students and groups from various institutions, departments and NGOs in Kuantan, danced their way to fitness. This was the first time such an event was organised in Kuantan and for that matter, also in Pahang. Everyone who attended this event had fun with Zumba. The youngest participant was a 5 year old girl who really grooved to the music and out-did the adults trying their hand at Zumba. The organisers could not be happier with the event being such a success.
Estee Lauder Group of Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign raised RM550,000 in 2011, Kuala Lumpur – 8 Nov 2011 At a cheque presentation luncheon, acting Managing Director of Suria Meriang, Mr. Liew Kim Seng presented a mock cheque of RM550,000 to the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Breast Cancer Welfare Association, College of Radiology Malaysia and Cancer Initiatives Research Foundation. The Estee Lauder Companies management team, press editors from the STAR, Sin Chew and Harian Metro were also present at the ceremony. This took place at The Boulevard, Mid Valley City.
Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Illumination event 2011, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur – 14 Oct 2011 Simultaneous illumination of 3 landmarks in pink added colour to the night of Friday,14th October 2011,in Kuala Lumpur. They were Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL Tower and Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad. The Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign (ELC BCAC) event was launched in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur in the central concourse on 14th October night. However, outdoor activities were held earlier in the evening at the entrance to Pavilion. There were booths for face painting, sale of Limited Edition Pink merchandise (Pink passport sets, pink t-shirts), sale of Hwa Tai biscuits, Macaroons tower booth, and the Breast Cancer Welfare Association booth for education and advice
Breast Health Awareness in Sandakan, Sabah 2006-2011 In conjunction with Pink October 2011, a Charity Dinner was held in Hotel Sabah, Sandakan on 9 Oct 2011. To showcase the Sandakan breast health activities, a video was aired during the dinner.
The video clip collates the outreach activities carried out by the Sandakan Breast Health Awareness Committee in Sabah from 2006 to 2011. The activities ranged from public awareness talks covering breast cancer, nutrition and breast self-examination to provision of moral support, donations and prosthesis for breast cancer patients. They also focused on grass-root awareness among schoolgirls and will continue to reach out to the rural areas in Sabah. Activities were carried out in collaboration with many partners. The Sandakan Breast Health Awareness Committee thanks the many parties (people, organisations and corporations) that helped them achieve so much and go this far.
Launch Of Hospis Malaysia’s Newly Renovated Building, Kuala Lumpur – 15 Sep 2011 Hospis Malaysia reached a new milestone as it launched its newly renovated building to provide for holistic palliative care for its growing number of patients. Present to grace the launch was Encik Rohazam Shah bin Ahmad, private secretary of YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia. During his speech, he urged all NGOS and professional organisations, public and private healthcare and educational institutions and communities to join hands to promote the agenda for quality end-of-life care.
MURNI: BCWA Breast Cancer Awareness and Supportive Care Reach Out to Rural Women, Kuala Lumpur - 26 July 2011 MURNI (Mobile Unit Reaching Nationwide with Information) programme was launched at Menara Kuala Lumpur by Yang Amat Berbahagia Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, wife of the Deputy Prime Minister. This initiative by the Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA) Malaysia extends the range of support and education awareness programmes that BCWA has been known for since its inception in 1986. This pink mobile unit will reach out to women in the fringe of the cities and rural areas, and the first stop will be Gombak.
Breast Health Outreach for Schools, Beluran, Sabah – 11 Mar 2011 Recently, IJM Plantations Berhad continued with its public education programme promoting breast health awareness. The Group collaborated with the Sandakan Breast Health Awareness Committee and the Duchess of Kent Hospital. Together, they initiated their inaugural breast health outreach programme to one of the local secondary schools in the Beluran district outside Sandakan.
Breast Cancer Awareness at Montfort Girls Youth Camp, Penampang, Sabah – 5 Mar 2011 A breast cancer awareness talk and self-breast examination demonstration was held on 5th Mar 2011, Saturday from 9.30am to 12 noon at Montfort Girls Youth Camp in Penampang. Thirty girls from 18 to 23 years of age attended the workshop. Breast cancer survivors Wong Yun Kim and Lucilla Pang shared their experience living through breast cancer.
Estee Lauder Companies Malaysia Appreciation Lunch/Cheque Presentation, Sage Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur – 14 Jan 2011 The College of Radiology received a cheque for RM112,500 for its Mammogram Programmes from the Estee Lauder Companies Malaysia (ELCM) on 14 Jan 2011, at a luncheon in Sage Restaurant, Gardens Residences, Kuala Lumpur. The donations were raised from the 2010 ELCM Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Mr Michael Liew (Chairperson of the ELCM BCA 2010) and Ms Sharyn Wong (Advisor of the ELCM BCA 2010) together with the Managing Director of ELCM, Mr Loo Kai Nan were present at the luncheon. The other recipients of funds raised were the Breast Cancer Welfare Association of Malaysia, Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation and the National Cancer Society of Malaysia.
Facts and Feature Articles
Calcifications in a Mammogram – what is this? Exactly what is this you read in your mammogram report or that your Radiologist tells you? Sometimes, they tell you a tissue sampling of the calcifications are needed? Why?
Examples of Breast Reconstruction – Photos included Warning:These photos of examples of reconstructed breasts may distress some, please do not view if so. Click here for article
Sections on Breast Cancer Facts and Stats, Who’s in Charge of Breast Health, Self breast examination (who, what, where, why, when and how), Breast Imaging options (when and what to do), Mammogram Myths, Treatment, The Younger Women & Breast Health, Testimonies, i.e. The A to Z of breast health - click here
Are you receiving a high quality mammogram? The CoR’s National Mammography Practice Survey 2005 A high quality mammogram is a prerequisite for good interpretation/reading by the radiologist. The CoR’s report on the survey showed Malaysia was on the right track but there was room for improvement. We thank our ever generous partners in prevention (Meditel and Agfa ASEAN) for helping to finance the survey. The results were presented in a paper (poster presentation) at the 3rd Teaching Course of the Asian Breast Diseases Association 28-30 May 2005. This paper submitted for Poster Presentation won the Best Poster Award.
Our Question & Answer Sectionhas now become an archive but the questions that are frequently asked with their answers continue to be available as an archive. Search this archive first as someone else has probably already asked the question you have in mind.
We still welcome queries, comments, observations. Click here!
Educational Material and Collaterals
The Art of Being Breast Aware – a Beginner’s Guide to Breast Health and Self Breast Checks This book is an essential guide for those starting out, finding difficulty doing self breast examination or are terrified of even touching their breasts for fear of finding a cancer! As fear of cancer does not make the disease go away, the author, Dr Evelyn Ho approaches this in a positive manner. This handy book in English, Malay or Mandarin is your first step towards understanding your breasts.
The 2nd Edition of the Art of Being Breast Aware was published in October 2009. There are some updates as well as a new chapter to clear the confusion over lump, lumps and lumpiness as a texture.
The 2nd Edition is now available from the College of Radiology Secretariat and Breast Cancer Welfare Association. If you wish to donate towards some copies or need them for your support organisation, please contact us at the College of Radiology Secretariat.
Download materials for use as flyers, posters, aids for you to start spreading the message of Breast Health: Click here The CoR welcomes you to use these collaterals, please credit the source as Radiology Malaysia: www.radiologymalaysia.org
Breast Cancer Support Groups in Malaysia and the region
Links to articles related to breast health and also breast cancer information websites such as for handling nausea with chemotherapy as well as ideas for headwear when you hair falls out in reaction to the chemotherapy are available here.
Archive of reports of Activities in the years since the establishment of the Radiology Malaysia and the inaugural College of Radiology National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign can be found here:
The College of
Radiology’s community based activities in breast health took off in 2001 with
the generous support of Meditel Electronics/Siemens and Johnson & Johnson. They
continued to support our activities annually until 2005. In 2006, the Estée
Lauder Group of Companies (ELC) donated RM60,00 whilst the Wear It Pink 2
Campaign (Pantai Medical Centre, Bangsar) contributed RM100,000. ELC has
continued to support our value added mammogram programmes to date!
Avon, Abex Medical Systems, Agfa Asean, FujiFilm, Richmatt, SecuMedi, Microsoft Malaysia, Mandarin Oriental, Sri Nyonya and a long list of individuals as well as other companies have contributed in their own way to our various programmes. The MMA Foundation Radiology Fund, set up with funds from the College of Radiology has also been integral in the provision of funds for the subsidies for the mammogram programmes.
The difference our various programmes and the Breast Health Info Centre/Pusat Sumber Kanser Payudara has made in peoples’ lives will be the living testimony and thanks that we hope will make up for the fact that words are inadequate to express our gratitude to all the various sponsors and individuals that have made things happen!
“Together Everyone Achieves More”
Please help us to spread the word...
Please, help us to spread the facts about breast cancer and its early detection by telling your family, friends, business associates, and other people you come into contact with.
Hospis Malaysia is introducing A Carer’s Guide. This is a booklet with information for people caring for a palliative care patients at home. It has been put together after talking to patients and carers about some of the problems they face and as a response to their request for more information. The booklet contains information about Hospis Malaysia’s services as well as advice about how to care for patients at home.
Free External Breast Prostheses in Terengganu – 22 May 2008
Terengganu has now officially announced that they will provide all women in their state with a free external prosthesis and mastectomy bras. You need to be registered with the General Hospital in Terengganu to be eligible for this service. Talk to Staff Nurse Toh in surgical outpatient department at the hospital for more information.
Expatriate Cancer Support Group
This is an informal meeting, held every 3rd Tuesday of each month and started by Amanita. The first meeting was held on 19th Feb 2008. For more information, contact email@example.com or Tel: +603-2162 8215
Pink Paddlers – The Movie
Jasmine Ng and Suzette Cody (a long-time volunteer at the Breast Cancer Foundation Singapore), both from Singapore completed in end 2007, a documentary film.
Pink Paddlers, is about a courageous motley crew of women, paddling in a dragonboat team, racing to battle breast cancer, and to raise awareness.
These mothers-daughters-girlfriends-wives of all shapes and sizes, from ages 26 to 66, came together with other sister survivors from world-over, to race at the inaugural breast cancer survivors Dragonboat World Championships held in Singapore. A team from Kuala Lumpur, the ladies from Dragons Abreast KL, also competed.
Radiology Malaysia wishes to thank the following (in no specific order) volunteer translators for their assistance in the website articles and other collaterals.
Mandarin translation volunteers who responded to an article in the Sin Chew Jit Poh in 2007. Nancy Wong Lin See Angeline JC Lok Tan Yuen Fen Wong Soh Wei Yeow Kok Keng Niki Cheong Ox-Fei Lian Hua Min Ng Gwek Kor Chong Kin Fatt Wong Pei Chee Heng Phaik Heok Yee Pik Lai Ong Luo Bin Cindy Lim Liew Chong Sing
Mandarin Translation Volunteers since 2002 Chin Lee Fong Kwan Yau Oi Tan Yee Chin
Bahasa Malaysia Translation Volunteers Lewis Lim Hashimah Hashim Nitra Sari Omar Brian Lariche Mohd Shujairi
Jessica Lew, 18 years old Radiology Malaysia Fun Quiz 2006 Winner:
“Even though I didn’t win any of the prizes I deeply wished to win, I did win something - more knowledge and information about breast cancer programmes that the College of Radiology organized. I shared the informational pamphlets given in my goodie bag, by putting them up in my classroom information board. It's very enlightening for my friends and teachers to read. Many of them are very ignorant about breast cancer.”
MyStory:CeritaKu Inspirational Stories to give insight, help you and your loved ones deal with cancer
The 2005 Radiology Malaysia-Meditel MyStory:CeritaKu contest brought out the best in Malaysians. So many heart wrenching stories were submitted and the judges had a difficult time selecting the winners. Being able to write about your experiences is victory in itself.
Ranjit Kaur, President of Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Network: “The pain of breast cancer is not physical but emotional…” Read her personal account (courtesy of The Lancet)
Rene’e Conquers Mt Kilimanjaro
I was struggling to regain some semblance of my former self after undergoing treatments for breast cancer. So I decided to take up the challenge to climb the highest free-standing mountain in the world!
The commonest worry amongst our readers appears to be breast pain. If the pain is episodic, fleeting and sometimes, there is no pain at all, these are probably due to hormonal related changes. Should the breast pain be debilitating or interfering with your normal lifestyle, please see your doctor! Read more about breast cancer signs
The College of Radiology Mammogram Programme
The Subsidised Mammogram Programme (SMP) was spearheaded by the College of Radiology and the MMA Foundation Radiology Fund, with the Foundation providing the subsidy for the mammograms. Centres which volunteered as mammogram providers since 2004 had to pass an accreditation process to ensure the minimum quality for mammograms was attained. In 2002, the COR wrote to private mammography centres to hold special programmes or discounts for breast screening in their respective centres. Since then, many have responded and continue to hold programmes annually.
American Cancer Society Books translated into Bahasa Malaysia are now available at the National Cancer Society of Malaysia
Titles include: Soal Jawab Tentang Kanser Payudara Lumpektomi: Panduan Untuk Pesakit Mastektomi: Panduan Untuk Pesakit Memahami Kemoterapi: Panduan Untuk Pesakit dan Keluarga Untuk Wanita Yang Menghidap Kanser Payudara