Focus on breast cancer at Women’s Health Awareness Day

Daniel Lim

BRUNEI LNG Sdn Bhd and the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) under the Ministry of Health (MoH) held a Women’s Health Awareness Day yesterday, to promote better awareness of breast cancer and the importance of regular screenings.

The event was launched by Brunei LNG Human Resources, Communications and External Relations Manager Mizan Adiliah binti Haji Mohamad Deli, who noted the significant increase in breast cancer among Bruneian women aged 25 to 50, in her welcoming remarks.

“The development is indeed worrying, and we certainly have a role to ensure that the matter is attentively addressed, including preventing it from spreading… We are taking the first important step to increase everyone’s awareness that women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early,” she said.

“When breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localised stage, the five-year relative survival rate is 100 per cent. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.”

Guest speaker, Nursing Officer at the HPC Azelina binti Haji Pauzi then delivered a talk on ‘Breast Cancer Awareness: Early Detection Saves Lives’, in which she explained how to do a self-breast examination (SBE) to detect breast cancer in its early stages.

“I would like all women to understand what breast cancer is, so that they do not fear it unnecessarily,” said Azelina later, during an interview with the Weekend Bulletin.

ABOVE & BELOW: Brunei LNG Human Resources, Communications and External Relations Manager Mizan Adiliah binti Haji Mohamad Deli presents a token of appreciation to Nursing Officer at the HPC Azelina binti Haji Pauzi (R); and attendees during the event. – PHOTOS: Brunei LNG

She also recommended that women take up healthy lifestyle and do regular SBEs, in order to minimise their chances of getting cancer.

“Self-breast examinations can detect early symptoms, so that they can go to the doctor to get diagnosed when they are at an early stage. They must be aware that early detection saves lives,” she said.

Lab Analyst at Brunei LNG Siti Martina binti Ibrahim, who is also a certified Zumba instructor, said, “I’ve attended previous events on breast cancer awareness, but I really enjoyed today’s event because of the practical session. Fortunately, I don’t have any direct family members who have been diagnosed with cancer but I do have friends who have had it.”

Senior Health, Safety and Environment Officer from Adinin Works & Engineering Rona Eje Bobadillah, whose mother was diagnosed with cancer five years ago, said that she appreciated the information gained from the talk.

“It’s always been a scary thought on my side that I might have the same condition anytime. This session helped me a lot. I never considered about what I ate and never cared about doing exercise – I hate exercise actually – but now I am planning to change my lifestyle,” she said, adding, “I will be now more vigilant, as I need to take care of myself not only for my own good, but for the sake of my family.”

Brunei LNG plans to organise similar activities and events under its Healthy Lifestyle Programme in the future, as part of its continuing efforts to create a work-life balance between its staff and business partners through healthy living.