SOME 700 breast cancer survivors in Penang will receive free breast prostheses this year.
The women will be having their measurements done by this week at the LohGuanLye Specialists Centre.
The centre’s chief executive officer Dr Mary Quah said the centre was pleased to work with the National Population and Family Development Board Penang (LPPKN) and Can-Care to kickstart the programme here.
“These survivors are from the various hospitals in Penang.
“I’m honoured to provide a platform for all parties to achieve improvements in women’s health,” she said in her speech during the launch of the free breast prosthesis and mastectomy bra programme by LPPKN at the centre yesterday.
The event was held in conjunction with its Pink Women Day.
Dr Quah urged breast cancer survivors to apply for a free prosthesis set.
Those who are eligible to receive the prosthesis set are those with mastectomy of one or both breasts, with a household income of less than RM5,000 per month and those who had never received the aid before.
Penang LPPKN medical officer Dr Azura Abdullah said that the board was tasked to give out the breast prostheses and bras.
The main supplier for the breast prostheses in the state is Can-Care Health Systems.
Its sales director Damien Loke said each piece was tailor-made and would come with a special mastectomy bra.
He stressed the importance of wearing the prostheses after mastectomy to maintain posture balance, reduce frozen shoulder and also to restore confidence to women after surgery.
For breast cancer awareness and screening, the centre will be providing free clinical breast examination to all women in Penang together with the Breast Cancer Welfare Association, via the Mobile Unit Reaching Nationwide with Information (Murni) vehicle.
Nurses will also educate women on proper ways of conducting a breast self examination.
The Murni vehicle will be at the foyer of the centre until tomorrow.