Hospital offers free mammograms for 200

Norlela (third right), Koh (right) and Phua (left) posing with women from the B40 group who were identified to receive free mammogram screenings at Penang Adventist Hospital.

IN recognition of breast cancer awareness month in October, Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) is offering free mammogram screenings for 200 women from the B40 group in the state.

Themed ‘The Pink Movement’, the initiative with the key message ‘Don’t Delay, Don’t Hesitate’ began back in September.

Among the programmes by the hospital are fundraising for the hospital’s cancer fund, free mammogram screenings and imparting knowledge about breast cancer through infographics, awareness videos and health talks via social media platforms.

The aim is to create awareness that early screening can save many lives.

PAH president and chief executive officer Ronald Koh said the hospital had pledged one free mammogram for a deserving woman in the community for every RM500 donated to the cancer fund.

“Cancer is much more treatable now and even curable with early detection.

“That is why we engaged the support of philanthropists and the public to support this project.

“We have managed to raise more than RM109,000 to date for the cancer fund,” he said at an event held at the hospital to announce the initiative recently.

State health committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin, who was the guest of honour at the event, said that with an ageing population, Malaysia could expect the number of breast cancer cases to increase over time.

“Early detection is the single most important factor for survival,” she said.

“Therefore, I am happy to note that all the 200 free mammogram slots for women in the B40 group have been taken up.

“The battle against breast cancer cannot solely be the responsibility of the government or healthcare professionals.

“As the government and healthcare sector continue to improve cancer education, treatment and research, each of us must also do our part in this battle against breast cancer,” she added.

Also present to announce the initiative was PAH senior director of finance Albin Phua.

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