The COR Mammogram Programme (CMP)
CoR Mammogram Programme 2012
Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) Malaysia donations has been God sent, and have answered the “prayers” of the breast cancer support groups in Johor where such value added subsidised mammogram was very highly appreciated and much needed. In 2008, the Pink October ELC’s fund raising enabled a donation of RM 70,000 whilst the 2009 efforts raised RM100,500.00 for the College of Radiology for its value added subsidised mammogram programmes in the underserved areas of the East Coast this year. In 2011, the CoR has received RM 112,500 from ELC’s 2010 breast cancer awareness campaign fund raising drive!
We will always be grateful for and thankful to all the previous donors, corporate bodies as well as individuals who made it possible to kickstart our nationwide campaign in 2001. In particular, Johnson & Johnson, Meditel Electronics and the MMA Foundation Radiology Fund for having been our partners from 2001 to 2006 for the various aspects of our breast health/awareness programmes. Others include Tan Chong Motor, Shell, PS Pipeline, Marti Butler and her group of expatriate ladies and many others who helped to make the programmes such a success!
The CoR works with many partners as breast health should be approached holistically. The CoR is also a member of the Malaysian Breast Cancer Council.
The College of Radiology Mammogram Programme – The CMP
In 2001, a mammogram programme for those in the high risk group, 40 years or older and preferably from the lower income group, was initiated by the College of Radiology (COR) and the MMA Foundation Radiology Fund. This programme is now an integral part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Programme of the College of Radiology.
Where and when is the CMP Available?
Segamat (Johor) and surrounding areas: (Please contact the vetting centres for information)
The College of Radiology (CoR) is collaborating with the Breast Cancer Support Society, Segamat (BCSS, Segamat) and the IIUM Breast Centre, Kuantan, Pahang – which is an accredited mammogram provider. The IIUM Breast Cancer has just been re-accredited in 2007 for the provision of this special service. More information on the accredited mammogram provider can be found here.
Johor Bharu and surrounding areas: (Please contact the vetting centres for information)
The CoR has collaborated with the Breast Cancer Support Group, JB as the coordinating centre for vetting eligible participants of the programme. The accredited mammogram provider is Puteri Specialist Hospital, Johor Bahru.
Kuantan and its surrounding areas: (Please contact the vetting centres for information)
The College of Radiology (CoR) is collaborating with the IIUM Breast Centre, Kuantan, Pahang as well to complement the LPPKN subsidised mammogram programme services for the area in and around Kuantan, Pahang.
What is the cost that you will have to pay for your mammogram in this programme?
RM 30-50 depending on the vetting centre and local-regional constraints. Please note that for those who are very poor, the vetting centre is able to appeal for waiver of the RM 30-50 as well. This year, the transportation from Segamat to IIUM Breast Centre will again be arranged by the Breast Cancer Support Society, Segamat. The transportation costs will be sponsored by the CMP.
How to Register for the Mammogram Programme?
All women who wish to benefit from the subsidies provided for the mammograms have to register at the designated centres (See right side bar).
The coordinating and vetting body for Segamat (Johor) and surrounding areas is the Breast Cancer Support Society, Segamat and the Johor Bahru and surrounding areas, the Breast Cancer Support Group, Johor Bahru.
Criteria for admission into the Mammogram Programme
Women who fulfill the following criteria may access the programme on a first come first served basis (Please note the total number that can be done is limited):
At least 40 years old
Lower income group – you may be asked for proof of income
Single mothers and those with a family history of breast cancer may be given priority
Risk factors for breast cancer includes the following:
Have a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer
Menopause and on hormone replacement therapy
Have had previous history of breast cancer
Have breast lump(s) or recent changes in the breasts or your doctor has recommended a mammogram for you
Who is Paying the Subsidy for Your Mammogram in this Programme?
The rest of the cost of the value added mammogram is paid for by donations.
What will you be getting for the RM 30-50 that you pay for the Mammogram? - A value added mammogram!
The mammogram includes the basic 4 views, and where necessary, extra mammogram views and adjunct ultrasound will be done at no extra cost to the participant so that when they leave the mammogram centre, they will be explained the results of their mammogram. Where necessary, counseling will be given. For those with abnormal or suspicious findings, they will be referred for further evaluation to a centre of their choice. It has been shown that giving the results of the mammogram immediately after the procedure helps to reduce anxiety associated with mammograms.
Women with dense breasts (the proportion of glands to fat is very high, thus resulting in a “lot of white” tissue in the mammogram film) may require adjunct ultrasound depending on the pattern of the mammogram as well as the breast symptoms and signs the person has.
The CMP will also include the cost of Biopsy (tissue sampling) requiring imaging guidance
Since 2006, a small percentage of those accessing the CMP needed further investigations under either ultrasound or mammogram guidance for tissue sampling (biopsy). The costs were borne by the CMP and this was particularly important for those from the smaller towns.
|Why the need to have an accredited mammogram provider?|
As of 2004, centres that volunteer to participate as providers in the mammogram programme must undergo and “pass” an accreditation process established by the College of Radiology. This is to ensure that the mammograms and the interpretation of the findings are of an adequate standard. The COR is concerned about quality and it is important for the participants that they have a good experience with this aspect of taking charge of their breast health. The aim of the game is to detect cancer early and for that mammogram films must be of optimal quality; breasts must be properly positioned and adequately compressed to ensure the miss rate for the interpreting radiologists (reading the films) is minimized. The process is entirely voluntary and we thank all the centres from the target states in Malaysia that responded to this process.
|Take charge of your breast health!|
The mammogram is not 100% accurate and even in the best of hands, the ability to pick up breast cancers may only go as high as 90%. In women with dense breasts, the pick up rate for cancer will be lower. However, it still offers the BEST chance of picking up early breast cancer, even before it can be felt. As such, the College of Radiology recommends that proper and systematic monthly self breast examination should be practiced, in addition to regular mammograms as well as a regular physical check up with your health professional for a complete approach to breast health.
|Read the reports of the previous CoR Mammogram Programmes|
CoR Mammogram Programme 2001 to 2011 - click here!
CoR Mammogram Programme Report [March 2011] - click here!
CoR Mammogram Programme Mid year 2010 Report – Click here!
CoR Mammogram Programme 2009 Report - click here!
CoR Mammogram Programme 2008 Report - click here!
CoR Mammogram Programme 2007 Report - click here!
CoR Mammogram Programme 2006 Report - click here!
CoR Mammogram Programme 2005 Report – full report here!
Subsidised Mammogram Programme 2004 Report – read it here!
Subsidised Mammogram Programme 2003 Report - Read the report by clicking here.
Subsidised Mammogram Programme 2002 Report – click here for full details
Subsidised Mammogram Programme 2001 Report – read more about it here.
|Hear from those who have undergone CMP!|
Women who participated in the CMP talk about their experiences with mammogram – click here
Coordinating Body & Vetting Centre
THE BREAST CANCER SUPPORT SOCIETY SEGAMAT (0707-05-10)
JKR 49-B JALAN GUDANG UBAT, 85000 SEGAMAT, JOHOR
TEL/FAX NO: 07 – 932 5228
The Breast Cancer Support Group, Johor Bahru
15, Jalan Rengas
IIUM Breast Centre
(Criteria must be satisfied)
IIUM Breast Centre
Diagnostic Imaging Dept
Puteri Specialist Hospital
Johor Bahru, Johor
The CoR Mammogram Programme would not
be possible without our volunteer accredited mammogram providers.
We are indeed grateful
to the following for
participating in the programme.
Breast Cancer Support Groups in Johor and IIUM Breast Center
Everyone who has lent
a helping hand for ensuring the success of the CoR's breast cancer awareness programmes!