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How Can You Contribute & Do Your Part For Breast Cancer Month

by Chesryn Tania. |


We’re lucky to live in Malaysia; as our country offers its citizens various options for healthcare and to have both affordable and accessible services. The ease of receiving medical help is more convenient as doctors here are often multi-lingual as well. However, despite these readily able resources, many are aware of Pink October but have never actually gone for something as simple as a mammogram. If you feel that you could be more interactive and partake in this vital movement, here’s how you can contribute and do your part for breast cancer month!


1. Talk about it

Despite the advancement of modern medicine, there are still no definite causes of breast cancer. Hence, we need to curve every possible complication that may cost us our health. However, one issue is that there is still a social stigma residing amongst Malaysians about breast cancer.


Breast cancer affects both women and men, however not many are willing to take the first step to combat breast cancer. So, from the ground up, the public and yourself can begin breaking unspoken barriers by spreading awareness by merely conversing about breast cancer. These conversations should continue even after Pink October, for breast cancer may affect anyone at any given time.

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All it takes is a short conversation with your peers and family as well as a monthly self-check up that you can do in the confinement of your home. Follow this guide above for more clarity. If you do however experience any of the symptoms, don’t panic! It may be something else, thus always consult with a doctor.



2. Know your medical rights and benefits

Malaysia has many public and private facilities that are stationed around the peninsular for immediate access. Mammograms, which are screenings using an x-ray to detect any trace of breast cancer, are available in every medical centre or specialized clinics. If you’re nervous to inquire about these services, bring along a friend to join in as well in making an appointment for a health check-up!

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Many health-related costs are partially or wholly subsidized by the government. For example, mammograms don’t always have to burn a hole in your pocket or waste your time. Although private hospitals may be slightly costly, the wait for a consultation is by far shorter than having to go to a public hospital. If you’re strapped for cash however, other different facilities offer affordable breast screenings.


The National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) offers free breast cancer screenings for those aged between 25 to 70 with a household income of less than RM10,000. On top of that, you can also get an additional HPV DNA test to ensure you’re all set. Spread this information on social media so someone can take control of their health today! With these many alternatives, there’s ample choice for anyone to choose from based on their preferences.



3. Volunteer and donate

Another meaningful way you can contribute during this month is to volunteer your time and if possible, donate to the cause! Many people are always left wondering if their contribution would even scratch the surface, but many hands make light work and it takes only one decision to make a difference. Volunteering and donating don’t only benefit others, but can make you more knowledgeable about the cause so that you can spread awareness better.


Volunteering may comprise of helping with admin work, fundraising, social therapy aid or even internships! However, if you don’t have the means to spare some time, donating at any registered foundation could go a long way as monetary donations can provide free mammograms for uninsured patients. Other forms of help can be donating your cells and tissue for those needing breast reconstruction or provide educational workshops for breast cancer awareness in rural areas.


Whichever way you choose to help will certainly alter someone’s life for the better. If you wish to donate, you can view your options at any of the organizations below.

· National Cancer Society Malaysia

· Cancer Research Malaysia

· Breast Cancer Foundation

· Empowered

· MAKNA


4. Support 'pink' businesses and charities

You want to do good by somebody, even if it’s a stranger but you can’t just fork out money for monthly subscriptions. If you cannot make the minimum amount to donate, you can spend your hard-earned money at ‘pink’ businesses or charities that donate towards breast cancer awareness and research!


Many charities, businesses or public figures donate to the cause for every item they sell. This way of donating to the cause is useful and practical as it can seamlessly fit into your lifestyle. Say you love to run, sign up for marathons that are fundraising for the cause! May it be a hobby or something you need; you can easily kill two birds with one stone when you go shopping.


Fashion & Beauty: Alia B (if you purchase their Twinkie Tee), Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (Pink Ribbon Limited Edition)

Charity E-Stores: Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Breast Cancer Welfare Association

Food: Afternoon Tea at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur (October Afternoon Chari-Tea), Pink October Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur.


Let's start learning more about how you can lead a life of quality and longevity by staying ahead of the problem. We can ensure our health by going for early-breast detection programmes to nip it in the bud and to support the cause for breast cancer research. Know that you’re not alone in this and that there are many resources both online and offline to help you put your qualms to rest.


You may find out more about Chesryn on her Instagram.



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