729 breast cancer cases in 10 years

Izah Azahari

In Brunei Darussalam, 729 cases of malignant breast cancer were diagnosed and 184 deaths from breast cancer were recorded in the past 10 years, said Executive Director of the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin bin Haji Besar.

Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin shared the statistics yesterday, at the launching of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a campaign held annually throughout October to boost awareness on the disease.

Held at the PJSC Lobby on Level 2, the guest of honour was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health (MoH) Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman.

Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin in his welcoming remarks said that The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) has taken a different approach in observing this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by arranging activities such as a competition within the PJSC departments, weekly public health talks on issues surrounding breast cancer and Breast Self-Examination (BSE) clinics.

“All these are in synergy with our continuous efforts to increase awareness and to encourage the participation of not just our own staff within TBCC, but also the general public, as we believe that ‘health is everybody’s business’,” he said.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health (MoH) Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman tours the booths at the event. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI

In line with their motto ‘We Care,’ the PJSC will join thousands of organisations around the world to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, research and education, which includes the early detection of cancer and prevention.

In supporting the World Cancer Day theme ‘I Am and I Will’, a tree has been set up at the PJSC Lobby on Level 2, for the public to leave messages of encouragement and support to breast cancer patients, the survivors and their families, in addition to pledging their commitment to advocate for awareness on the disease.

TBCC has also arranged for Tai Chi hourly sessions every Friday at the PJSC’s Learning Centre, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, which is open to the public throughout October.

Featuring topics such as ‘Busting Common Cancer Myth’, ‘Survivorship’, ‘Lymphoedema’, ‘Breast Surgery’ and ‘Prosthesis’, the weekly talk schedule is posted on PJSC’s website and Instagram page @pjscbrunei.

The PJSC is also supporting a one-day Breast Cancer Awareness Forum which will be hosted by the MoH’s Health Promotion Centre on October 10, at the multipurpose hall of the Ministry of Development (MoD).

The PJSC’s one-day symposium titled ‘Breast Cancer: Challenges in Early Detection’ has been scheduled for October 27, at the Lecture Theatre on the RF Level, where both local and foreign speakers will be sharing knowledge and expertise in this area.