25 September 2020 – The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
More than 60 percent of breast cancer patients in Brunei are diagnosed at the late stage when the cancer has already spread to the lymph nodes or other organs. A recent study conducted by the Ministry of Health showed that patients' five-year survival rate dropped from 92 percent in early-stage breast cancer to 21 percent in advanced stage cancer. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in Brunei, with 100 new cases recorded each year between 2009 and 2018.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month taking place in October, The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) held a breast cancer awareness talk for The Police Wives and Family Association (PEKERTI). More than 60 members attended the event that took place at the Lecture Theatre, RF level.
The event was welcomed by Ms Zauyah Md Tarmizi, Chief Operating Officer of Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), "Today is an opportunity for us to raise an awareness on the health impact of breast cancer and the importance of taking personal responsibility for health." She added "When cancer is found in the final stages, where it has spread to other organs, then treatment is not as easy as expected and will take longer. Early screening and intervention is the best option. "
The invited speaker, Dr. Siti Khadijah Ismail, JPMC Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynaecology highlighted the importance of early detection by performing regular breast self-examinations (BSE), and/or via diagnostic breast imaging such as mammogram and/or ultrasound breast. She also emphasizes on the impact of lifestyle modification on reducing risk of breast cancer.
"Breast Self-Examination are important, simple and cost-free way to take control of your health. By knowing how your breasts normally look and feel, you can detect changes in them and take action without waiting for your doctor's appointment or mammogram or ultrasound breast screening." said Dr Siti Khadijah. "Early detection will give women better treatment options and higher chance of survival. Risks can be further reduced by adopting a healthy lifestyle that incorporates plenty of exercise and a balanced diet." she added.
The event concluded with Datin Hajah Siti Shamsiah binti Haji Abd Samad, Wife of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in her capacity as Chairman of PEKERTI presenting a token of appreciation to JPMC.
In conjunction with the World Breast Cancer Awareness celebrated annually every October, The Department of Diagnostic Imaging (DDI) of JPMC, will be offering a Breast Screening promotion for women of all ages commencing from 1st October 2020 until 31st October 2020.
The Department of Diagnostic Imaging (DDI) is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm closed for Friday prayers). On Saturday, the clinic is open from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm only. For further information or to book an appointment, please call the Department of Diagnostic Imaging (DDI) at 261 1433 ext. 2223 / 2224. Visit and follow our Instagram @jpmcbrunei for more updates.