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Tun Dr Ismail Gospel Centre’s Women Ministry Celebrates 11th Anniversary
with a Talk on Breast Cancer, Kuala Lumpur – 3 Nov 2013
The Kuala Lumpur Taman Tun Dr Ismail Gospel Centre’s Women Ministry
celebrated their 11th Anniversary in a special function which also featured
a talk/sharing session on Breast Cancer: To Screen or Not To Screen” by Dr
Evelyn Ho. The celebration was well attended with 52 ladies, some with their
children in tow. Delicious high tea was served. The function was in Selangor
Club, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Twin Towers Lights Up in Pink, Kuala Lumpur – 18 Oct 2013
PETRONAS Twin Towers, together with the fountain at the Lake Symphony of the
KLCC Park glowed in pink in support of Estée Lauder Companies’ Global
Landmark Illuminations Initiative to help raise awareness on breast cancer
on the evening of 18th October, 2013. Despite the rain, it did not dampen
the spirits of all present to witness another exciting illumination which
began with the illumination of the Twin Towers, followed by the KLCC Lake
Symphony Fountain and a multi-sensorial and immersive digital light show
(Projection Mapping) presented on the façade of Suria KLCC.
Employees Benefit from Back-2-Basics Breast Health Awareness Programme - 10
In conjunction with Pink October Breast Health Awareness Month 2013, IJM
Plantations Bhd Group focused on the women staff and guest-workers in the
operating units. About 200 attended the talk and demonstration. In the
event, estate clinic nurses were immersed in a Train-The-Trainers session in
order to cascade the message to the women in their respective operating
units. The nurses were encouraged to conduct breast examinations for their
patients throughout the month.
Malaysia’s 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign:Hairspray the Musical –
Pink Charity Night A Resounding Success, Kuala Lumpur -22 Sep 2013 Estée Lauder this
year collaborated with the award winning musical HAIRSPRAY as their pink
charity event for 2013, to raise money for the breast cancer awareness
campaign. Their tagline for this year’s campaign was “Let’s Defeat Breast
Cancer. We’re STRONGER Together”. Hairspray boasted a 70-strong cast, crew
and orchestra to tell the heart-warming story of courage and staying true to
oneself; charting the transformation and triumphs of a pleasantly plump
social outcast, Tracy Turnblad and her journey to becoming an overnight
celebrity via the popular Corny Collins show, featuring a score of
infectious 1960s dance music and downtown rhythm and blues. The Musical Pink
Charity Night was held in the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).
Frank: Industrial Nurse Initiative Training Programme for Breast Health
Awareness, Selangor - 8 Sep 2013 More than 40 participants attended
the Initiative Training Programme for Breast Health/Cancer Awareness in Sime
Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya. This is part of a new CARIF outreach
programme which involves a day of training for industrial nurses, followed
by a poster awareness campaign at the factories to be run by the nurses. The
outcome of the programme will be measured by uptake of a free mammogram and
also increase in breast cancer awareness amongst the nurses.
speakers enabled the programme, Dato’ Dr Yip Cheng Har, Dr Evelyn Ho, Ms
Ranjit Kaur, Ms Yoon Sook Yee and Ms Amarvathy Perumal.
LOVE ME Health Conference 2013 in conjunction with National Women’s Day 2013
– 7 Sep 2013
The Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM)
organised their annual community health project to raise health awareness
through a free public conference – I Love Me Health Conference in Cititel
Hotel, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur. This was very well attended and had 2
tracks to cover a greater variety of topics from Menopause, Pregnancy to
Grooming/Image Projection and General Health Concerns. A Working Title
Events Sdn Bhd (AWT) was the events management company. Media sponsors were
SHAPE, Her World and official Radio Partner was Capital FM. The sponsors
included Pfizer, Mega Lifesciences, Merck Sharp & Dohme, as well as Anmum
Materna, Anmum Lacta and Anmum Essential.
Estée Lauder Malaysia’s 2013 Breast Cancer
Awareness Campaign : Hairspray the Musical – Pink Charity Night 22 Sep 2013 Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer.
We’re STRONGER Together. This is the tagline for Estee Lauder Malaysia’s (ELM) 2013
Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Estee Lauder is into the 17th year running
for the campaign and a total of RM3.55million has been raised to date. ELM
is collaborating with the globally acclaimed and Tony Award/Olivier Award
winning musical for their Pink Charity Night – HAIRSPRAY the Musical. There
will be a 70-strong cast, crew and orchestra to tell the heart-warming story
of courage and staying true to oneself; charting the transformation and
triumphs of a pleasantly plump social outcast, Tracy Turnblad and her
journey to becoming an overnight celebrity via the popular Corny Collins
show, featuring a score of infectious 1960s dance music and downtown rhythm
This Musical Pink Charity Night will be held in the Plenary Hall, Kuala
Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) on the 22nd September 2013 (Sunday).
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
Estée 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.
Estée 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.
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.
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 for download.
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