Early detection has better chance of curing breast cancer

Izah Azahari

Detecting breast cancer early at Stage 1 has greater than 95 per cent cure rate, Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) Executive Director Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin bin Haji Besar said.

He also stressed on public education being an integral part of prevention and early detection. “Creating awareness, overcoming one’s fear of the public’s portrayal of cancer, seeking early attention, looking for early signs and symptoms and not being afraid to seek professional help are important in the fight against breast cancer.”

Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin made these comments at the PJSC symposium with the theme ‘Breast Cancer: Challenges in Early Detection’ in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019 at the Lecture Theatre of PJSC.

Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin, in his welcoming remark, also highlighted that every year about 100 over cases of breast cancer are diagnosed, making that two cases per week.

Various topics were presented by foreign and local medical experts where the Medical Director of PJSC cum Director of The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) Dato Seri Laila Jasa Dr Babu Sukumaran commenced the knowledge sharing session with his presentation on ‘Epidemiology of Breast Cancer in Brunei Darussalam’. In the first session, Consultant Oncologist of National Cancer Centre of Singapore Dr Joanne Ngeow presented a topic on ‘Hereditary Breast Cancer & Who to Screen’.

ABOVE & BELOW: Executive Director of Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin bin Haji Besar and Consultant Public Health of NCD Prevention Unit at the Ministry of Health Dr Ong Sok King speak during the symposium; and attendees during the symposium. PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI

This was followed by Consultant Public Health of NCD Prevention Unit at the Ministry of Health Dr Ong Sok King who presented ‘Updates on Breast Cancer Prevention & Control – Status in Brunei Darussalam’.

Head of Early Detection and Cancer Prevention Services (EDCPS) from TBCC Datin Dr Hajah Noraslinah binti Haji Ramlee shared her insights on the ‘Cancer Prevention Initiatives in Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre’.

In the second session, Consultant Radiologist of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Dr Nor Lenny Abdullah presented on ‘Diagnostic Radiology in Screening’.

Specialist Surgeon at the Department of General Surgery of RIPAS Hospital Dr Haji Mohammad Ady Adillah bin Haji Ahmad presented on the ‘Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic’.

The symposium lectures concluded with three cancer case presentations by Consultant Medical Oncologist of TBCC Dr Raden Mas Jeffri bin Raden Mas Ismail.

An estimated 200 participants made up of doctors, allied health professionals and nurses were present. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. In line with their slogan ‘We Care’, PJSC together with thousands of organisations around the world highlights the importance of breast cancer awareness, support, education and early detection of cancer and its prevention.

Several activities had been organised by TBCC of PJSC throughout October to commemorate the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This includes but not limited to the Breast Cancer Initiative Competition among PJSC employees, weekly health talks regarding Breast Cancer and collaboration with other agencies to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.