Brunei Cancer Centre to hold talks to promote breast cancer awareness
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group (BBCSG) will be giving a talk on breast cancer for students of Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains) on January 25.
Matron Ratu Dk Hjh Jaliha Pg Hj Hawa Momin, the secretary of BBCSG, said the talk is being organised by Maktab Sains in connection with World Cancer Day in February and will be part of a series of activities in an event aimed at creating awareness amongst the students on breast cancer.
The event is being held in collaboration with The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) and the talk will be delivered by health professionals from BBCSG.
“In Brunei Darussalam, breast cancer has been the number one killer for the past few years, with more new cases being diagnosed every year and more deaths. So we hope to create more awareness by holding talks at schools,” said Ratu Dk Hjh Jaliha.
“We want to share (information) with the school population (to promote breast cancer awareness), especially amongst the pre-university students, so they could do more research for their dissertations to find out the causes of cancer in Brunei,” she added.
According to TBCC, the top five types of cancer in Brunei are breast cancer, colon and rectal cancer, bronchi and lung cancer, nasopharynx cancer and cervical cancer.
The number of people diagnosed with cancer in Brunei has increased in the past nine years.
Statistics show that a total of 511 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2005, while there were 779 cases recorded in 2014.
Ratu Dk Hjh Jaliha said if your family has a history of breast cancer, you should seek medical advice.
“You may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer if someone in your family had it,” she added.
She said breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning they result directly from gene defects (mutations) inherited from a parent.
Breast cancer is the number one commonly diagnosed cancer in women in Brunei, she said.
She said the talk is a good platform to educate students about the risks of breast cancer and its prevention.
“We want to help young women to protect their breast health and to reduce their risk of breast cancer. So we hope the talk will encourage, engage and inspire these students to make smart everyday lifestyle choices because the choices you make today can make a big difference tomorrow.”
The Brunei Times