Of breast cancer and botox

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Nov 2006

By Florence and Liz 

BREAST cancer, silicone implants and botox – Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad had to field questions from several MPs on these subjects. 

Datuk Mohamed Aziz (BN – Sri Gading) started the ball rolling when he asked whether the growing number breast cancer cases was a result of women's present lifestyle.“Women nowadays don’t want to breastfeed.  

Why use other kinds of milk when you have your own? It is such a waste," he said during the debate on Budget 2007 in Parliament on Wednesday. 

Some MPs also asked Dr Abdul Latiff to clarify whether silicone breast implants were safe. 

According to him, if the surgery was not done properly, the implant could break and cause problems.  

On breast cancer, he said that some studies had shown that women who married late and those who did not breastfeed were at a higher risk of developing the disease.  

The discussion then shifted to the use of botox with Datuk Paduka Badruddin Amiruldin (BN – Jerai) stating that although it helped make a woman look younger, there were a lot of side effects. 

“If you don’t use it for a long time, then the face will sag. Is it safe? If you have no money to inject some more, then what happens?” he asked. 

Deputy Speaker Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob then drew laughter from the House by saying: “If you want to try it, just say so. Don’t involve others.”  

In his winding-up for the debate, Dr Abdul Latiff explained that the toxin from a bacterium was used in botox treatment to kill off nerve cells, causing the skin to be unwrinkled. 

"Although the Fatwa Council says it is banned, it is up to an individual whether he or she wants to inject or not, but it has to be done by experts," he said. 

He also quipped: " Look at Jerai. Even without injecting botox, his face is still glowing." 

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