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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mum knows best, but does she know ...

As mentioned in our previous blog, Cross was supporting the Breast Cancer Awareness program since 2007. Last year (2008), Cross donated $28,500 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This year, Cross continue to support for the same cause. Cross will donate 10% for every BCA pen purchased to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® (http://www.komen.org/).

Komen for the Cure® is the world's largest non-profit funds to dedicated to fight against breast cancer in the world. It is also the largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activities.

Their main office is in Dallas, Texas U.S., with Affiliated office in Germany and Italy.

Locally in Singapore, the Health Promotion Board has a two program to help fight cancer. Coming Sunday (August 23, 2009), there is a Race Against Cancer run organized by the Singapore Cancer Society. We seek your support to the event.

The BreastScreen Singapore, which is a national breast cancer screening programme which engages women aged 50 years and older to go for regular mammography (breast x-ray). The mommograms are offered at subsidised rates of S$50 and S$75 for Singaporean and Permanent Residents (PRs) respectively. The aims of the programme is to detect breast cancer early to allow more effective treatment and a reduction in the mortality rate.

The CervicalScreen Singapore is the national cervical cancer screening programme to encourage women aged 25 to 69 years old who ever have had sex to go for Pap smear test once every 3 years. Pap smear test can be carried out at Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) registered General Practitioner (GP) clinics, private clinics and Polyclinics. Currently, subsidised screening is available at all Polyclinics.

Mum know best when it come to cooking, but does she know
  1. Breast and Cervical Cancers are tow of the most common cancers affecting Singaporean women today.
  2. To protect yourself against Breast Cancer
    * Do your breast self-examination once every month,
    * Go for a mammogram once every two years if you are 50 years and above
  3. To protect yourself against Cervical Cancer, go for a Pap smear once every three years if you are not 25 years and above. For woman age 25 years and above who have ever had sexual intercourse are eligible to participate in Cervical Screen Singapore.
  4. Mammograms and Pap smears can both be done at polyclinics. Pap smears can be done at most GP clinics.
  5. If these cancers are detected early, treatment is almost 100% effective. Talk to your doctor about cancer prevention.
    Take you mum for screening today and ensure she is in the pink of health. The sooner these cancers are detected, the better is the for the patient as more effective treatment can be used.
If your mum is a Singaporean or Permanent Resident aged 50 years and above, she is eligible for a subsidised screening at polyclinics under:
(a) A national screening programme for breast cancer.
(b) A national screening programme for cervical cancer.

Alternatively, visit hpb.gov.sg/healthscreening or call HealthLine at 1800-223-1313 for more information.
Early detection of breast and cervical cancers can saves lives.
Click here to visit our previous blog on Cross Breast Cancer Awareness pens.

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