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Dr Evelyn Ho
Radiology Malaysia Web Editor
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Actually I came across www.radiologymalaysia.org website last year and found it very interesting. Frankly speaking I did not know that so many people are helping out to educate the public on breast cancer. After going through the entire website, then only I realized that I should also be breast aware and educate other people around me to do the same. Bravo to you and others!!
PY Lai, 7 Feb 2004
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Saya ingin membuat kertas kerja mengenai penyakit kanser payudara. Kertas kerja ini akan saya hantarkan kepada syarikat tempat saya bekerja. Tujuan saya adalah untuk mendapatkan sponsor daripada syarikat kepada semua pekerja wanita di syarikat mendapat rawatan percuma atau subsidi pada setiap tahun atau enam bulan sekali. Secara tidak langsung ini mungkin dapat mencegah daripada kelewatan mendapat rawatan ataupun secara tidak langsung dapat menyedarkan kepada semua pekerja di syarikat saya bekerja betapa pentingnya pemeriksaan payudara ini dilakukan. Saya berharap segala maklumat bertulis atau bergambar mengenai penyakit ini dapat menyokong di dalam kertas kerja saya. Di samping itu, saya juga berminat untuk menyertai setiap program atau mendapat info daripada pihak tuan mengenai program semasa.
Saya amat berbangga dengan adanya laman web ini. Saya lebih bersemangat untuk meneruskan usaha di dalam menyediakan kertas kerja saya untuk tujuan kesedaran kepada semua pekerja disyarikat saya. Saya amat berharap mendapat maklumbalas daripada tuan, saya iringi dengan ucapan terima kasih.
RH 25 Ogos 2002
Editor/Pengarang: Thank you for the interest and congratulations on your efforts in trying to get your company to recognize the need for women to get early detection services and treatment. You may use any information on the website on Breast Health for your paper, but please quote the source and credit www.radiologymalaysia.org/breasthealth.
Kami di Radiology Malaysia, mengalu-alukan artikel daripada sesiapa yang berminat, ataupun mempunyai pengalaman ataupun hendak mengemukakan pendapat sahaja di laman kami.
Dengan usaha saudari, berkemungkinan lebih wanita akan mula melangkah ke arah lebih bertanggungjawab mengenai kesihatan payudara sendiri. Kami tengah membuat penyiapan untuk Program Mammogram Bersubsidi, Anniversary Online Contest serta terus mengajar cara Pemeriksaan sendiri payudara yang efektif. Ini akan dilancarkan untuk bulan Oktober, iaitu Bulan Kesedaran Kanser Payudara Antarabangsa.
Langkah pertama ialah memberitahu semua di syarikat anda bahawa kesihatan payudara adalah di tangan tiap orang. Ia tidak memerlukan duit tetapi boleh menolong mengesan kelainan di payudara pada peringkat yang lebih awal. Poster serta risalah boleh di "download" dan dicetak untuk papantanda syarikat anda, ataupun disebarkan kepada mereka yang tidak mempunyai kemudahan internet.
Kami akan memberitahu saudari aktiviti serta update ke laman web ini melalui newsletter.
Berkemungkinan saudari ingin menyertai bengkel untuk melatih Pengajar Pemeriksaan Sendiri Payudara yang akan dianjurkan pada masa akan datang.
Syabas and teruskan usaha saudari!
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Kudos to the team for building such a wonderful, informative website. Truly a one-stop-interactive website packed facts and updates on Breast Health. Congratulations!
Irda 21 Oct 2002
This is my first time on the Radiology Malaysia site and I found it informative as well as very interesting at the same time. However, I wonder why not much publicity has been given to this website. This is a shame as it would be REALLY useful to ignorant women who are too busy to care for themselves and simply ignore the need for regular checkups. The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, for example, can never be a success if nobody knows about it, would it? I would like to suggest that more publicity is given to the website, as this would ensure that more people would be able to benefit from it. Thank You.
Shireen ASK 14 Oct 2002
Editor: Dear Shireen, Yes, we are aware that we need much more publicity after last year's launch quiz. We have also received suggestions from many others to “publicise” this website more. Therefore, this year, we have placed some advertisements in the newspapers with the generous help from a sponsor (Meditel Electronics). Still more can be done.
If you have found this website useful, please forward the link to your relatives and friends who may also benefit from the information. As an organisation with limited funds, we need all the help that we can get and you can play your part to help us reach more people!
Thank you for the kind words and suggestion. We will try to see how we can reach even more people.
I would like to suggest that this campaign is open for those who not employed due to medical reason/disability and etc. I'm pretty sure that these people are in financial difficulties and would very much look forward for such subsidised mammogram campaign where there are no restrictions on age for registration. Also would prefer brochures deployed to residential area to widen the breast cancer awareness and the campaign.
JT 19 Sep 2002
Editor: Dear Jayanthi, thank you for your comments. We will look into using brochures to be passed into residential areas especially for future activities related to breast health.
Financially strained women are welcome to the subsidised mammogram programme. However, in the normal setting where there is nothing wrong with the breasts, detected by the person or her doctor, mammogram is not recommended until you are above 40 years of age, hence the age limit. Please do read about the Mammogram in the articles section of Breast Health Info Centre on this website. If you are young, then, Self breast examination is your tool to early detection.
Greetings! I would like to share with you and hence, thousands of browsers that Breast screening in the Netherlands is unique. Mobile clinics, compulsory check in 6 monthly for 30 plus women.
Your web site can emulate and discuss with MOH/College of Radiology/Academy of Family Physicians/MMA Foundation Radiology Fund.
We have more rural areas and less awareness in Malaysia. I have been in Malaysia for 4 years. In Holland, there are more volunteers/mammogram-trained staff/radiologists with special training in breast cancer. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women, among cancers of all types. It is the duty of my learned friends here to highlight this issue. Malaysia Boleh.
Dr P.A. L., Ipoh, 3 Oct 2002
Editor: Dear Dr, we appreciate you sharing your experience in Holland. It is true that over here, the awareness is very low and spreading the information especially to the rural areas will be a great challenge. Unfortunately in Malaysia, the awareness level is low even in the urban areas! It is for this reason that the College of Radiology has chosen Breast Health as their inaugural community service project. We are definitely looking into more effective and coordinated ways to promote breast health.
There are actually steps to form a Malaysian Breast Cancer Coalition (please read article here). When this is formally set up, we can look forward to more widespread activities and generation of interest in this area. We will need more human and financial resources to enable this. We thank you for your encouragement that “Malaysia Boleh”.
I got to know about this website through WomenOnWow and The Star. It was only today I decided to check it out and I am glad I did. I've forwarded some interesting pages to relatives and friends so that they can be aware of the importance of BSE and facts relating to breast cancer.
It's really inspiring to know that our women of today are much appreciated and this website really helps a lot. Most women are shy and do not know how to approach this subject and some time its not easy to discuss with one's doc on one's concern as some docs tend to brush breast pain as monthly period associated pains.
Given the necessary knowledge and guidance, I hope this website can reach out to women and men who can also teach their wives, sister or mums so that they will take more effort to take care of their best "assets".
17th October 2001
Editor: Dear Helen, we hope more will be like you and will check out Radiology Malaysia. You are right. Women are shy of “breast related” issues and tend to keep things under wraps! We hope this provides an alternative avenue for women (and men!) to seek information on this usually “covered up” region of their anatomy! [TalkBack t-shirt winner!]
You have stated in your website that wearing a bra can prevent breast sagging. No study has ever been published (to my knowledge) showing that bras prevent sagging. In fact, the only article ever published on the subject,
("Breast Form Changes Resulting From A Certain Brassiere" Journal of Hum. Ergol.(Tokyo) 1990 Jun; 19(1):53-62. Ashizawa K, Sugane A, Gunji T Institute of Human Living Sciences, Otsuma Women's University, Tokyo, Japan)
showed that bras can actually increase breast sagging. This was proven using moire interference photography. I feel that you are doing a disservice to women when you perpetuate the myth of bras preventing or lessening sagging. This is especially significant given the studies that have shown a link between bra wearing and breast disease. Thank you for your time.
R.L. Reed, Ph.D.
5th May 2002
Editor: Thank you for your feedback. The statement for prevention of sagging breasts was made upon the basis that a good-fitting bra would help to prevent the ligaments in the breasts from overstretching.
We also note that in some patients, a change into a better fitting bra lessens their mastalgia and wearing the "wrong" bra caused more problems. In the short article on the Bra issue, we attempted to make it clear, that a bra of the right fit was important. However, you have raised some interesting points and we will look into the matter.
The To Wear or Not To Wear a Bra article has since been expanded. You may read the article here at www.radiologymalaysia.org\breasthealth\Who\bra.htm
Let me first congratulate you on your wonderful effort in creating awareness towards the fight against breast cancer. I even managed to catch your radio talk with WOWfm in the Triple W segment. You have managed to put this issue on the web as well and that is indeed no easy task especially with the normal routine work that you have to do as well.
Thank you so much for everything and do keep the good work up.
Vina P.S. Tan
7th January 2002
Editor: Thank you Vina for your positive comments. We will try our best to update the site regularly. The good news is, we will be expanding the Bahasa Malaysia section. In 2002, the College will also be working with the National Council Of Women’s Organisations on a year round Breast Health Awareness Campaign, focused towards empowerment with knowledge and motivation for self breast examination.
I would like to commend you on a job well done in empowering people to be more aware of breast cancer and its effects.
I would like to bring to your attention as well as the public that there is an alternative way to overcome breast cancer and that is through Chi Kung (Qigong). For more information, please visit http://www.geocities.com/health4joy.
I would like to assure you that this is made in the best interest of all who are interested.
I am sincere in helping as I am confident Chi Kung can help in an efficient and effective way. Sifu Wong, who is conducting these Chi Kung courses, is a genuine Shaolin master who has cured many people suffering from breast cancer amongst others.
22nd October 2001
Editor: Thanks for your feedback on our efforts on the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Just a note to our readers, alternative medicine and complementary medicine is not very well regulated and there is scant objective/scientific evidence to prove their effectiveness. We would like to see more Complementary and Alternative methods being subjected to scientific standards and testing because most of the proponents of these methods use personal experience, subjective judgement and anecdotal testimonials only. It is very sad to see cancer victims who could have been saved but chose to have alternative treatment before coming forward for the “conventional” scientific methods, thereby losing precious time in their fight against cancer. Not to mention, after having spent a considerable amount of money on alternative treatment.
To get a more balanced view of the topic, please also visit www.quackwatch.com to read of how unproven methods have harmed cancer patients. In doing so, we are not proposing that traditional, alternative and holistic methods are necessarily all dangerous but it would be prudent to question excessive claims of success without proper scientific evidence. We also need to remember that the human body is remarkable, and spontaneous cures have been reported, even without treatment!
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