Spotlight on cancer causes, prevention

Rokiah Mahmud

The Group of Wives of Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries and its Affiliated Members paid a visit to the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) yesterday, with the objective of learning more about the factors causing different types of cancer, particularly breast cancer.

Leading the group was the spouse of the Minister of Home Affairs, Datin Paduka Hajah Jahrah binti Haji Mohamad, in her capacity as Chairperson II of the group.

On hand to welcome them were PJSC Executive Director Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin bin Haji Besar; Director of The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) Dato Seri Laila Jasa Dr Babu Sukumaran and spouse of the Minister of Health, Datin Dr Hajah Noraslinah binti Haji Ramlee, in her capacity as Head of the Early Detection and Cancer Prevention (EDCP) Unit at PJSC.

The group was briefed on the range of services provided at the EDCP Unit by Datin Dr Hajah Noraslinah, who also described the screening examinations conducted on healthy individuals for the early detection of breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer.

This was followed with a breast self-examination (BSE) demonstration by Breast Care Nurse Nurul Huda binti Muhamad.

The group was then invited for a closer look at the services and facilities provided at the EDCP Unit, along with a video presentation and an exhibition in the lobby area, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The group visited an art gallery showcasing works by local artists, which are offered for sale to support efforts in cancer detection and prevention.

Before concluding the visit, the group participated in a sharing session with PJSC Oncologist Consultant Dr Raden Mas Jeffri bin Mas Ismail, on the topic of ‘Breast Cancer – Why it Matters’.

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show the Group of Wives of Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries and its Affiliated Members touring the Breast Cancer Awareness Month exhibition (L) and the painting gallery (R). PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI