The Oncologists from TBCC, Dato' Seri Laila Jasa Dr. Babu Sukumaran (L), presenting his talk on breast cancer to more than 100 participants. Picture: BT/Mei Fung Lee
IN CONJUNCTION with the World’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day, MORE than 100 policyholders and clients of AIA Company Limited yesterday gathered at i Lotus Restaurant in Rimba for a Breast Cancer Awareness talk.
Organised by Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) in collaboration with The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) and authorised representatives of AIA: Br-Kelvin Pong, Br-Michael Chen, Br-Patrick and Br-Victory agencies, the talk, “What You Need to Know”, was in conjunction with World Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Aside from creating awareness on breast cancer, the event was also held as part of three organisations’ corporate social responsibility to the community.
It was hosted by AIA held by Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) in collaboration with The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) and authorised representatives of AIA, namely Br-Kelvin Pong, Br-Michael Chen, Br-Patrick and Br-Victory agencies.
The highlight of the event were to arouse public’ awareness of breast cancer and to give back to the community as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility activity.
The event started with an opening speech by the guest of honour, the Director of Agencies AIA Brunei, Danny Yap Te Wen , followed by a brief introduction from the Marketing Officer of JPMC, Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin who expressed the significance of the talk.
“As the saying goes, ‘Prevention is the best cure’, Breast Cancer has been the most common cancer for women in Asia and worldwide. However, a research showed a large percentage of women are unaware of the disease and some do not have enough knowledge about it. Thus, we conducted this talk to make them aware of the threat of breast cancer and teach them how to detect it early,” stated Ak Danny.
As the saying goes, `prevention is the best cure’, for breast cancer has been an intervention to majority of women in Asia. However, a research showed percentage of women are unaware of such disease and some does not have enough knowledge on how to treat them,” said Danny.
The event proceeded with an hour talk with a specialist oncologist from TBCC, Dato’ Seri Laila Jasa Dr Babu Sukumaran, who stimulated the awareness of breast cancer and had given gave some guidelines on early detection of breast cancer via self-screening.how to self-screenbreast cancer for early detection. He also described the steps that women can take in order to reduce the risk of having breast cancer.
“Every woman will experience changes in their breasts caused by either hormones or aging processes. For instance, your breasts may feel more lumpy or tender at different times. As you reach menopause, your breasts tend to lose tissue and fat making them appear smaller and feel wrinkly. Most of these changes are non-threatening . However, if you notice any odd changes on your breast, do not hesitate to make an appointment for a mammogram test,” explained Dr Babu Sukumaran.
After Dr. Babu Sukumaran ended his the talk, a question and answer session was facilitated for the audience to discuss about their present knowledge and understanding with regards to breast cancer the non-communicable disease.
The Brunei Times