MAMOGRAM… Jessica (third from the right) with her friend when checking to make a mammogram screening.
LABUAN: More than 300 womens on this island underwent mammogram screening for free which was held in conjunction with the Cancer Awareness Week 2023, organized by the Labuan Health Department, the Lion Club and the National Cancer Council (MAKNA) which was held at the House Of Love Layang-Layangan hall near here, recently.
In conjunction with the program, the organizers of the State Health Department have prepared a mobile mammogram machine specially brought from the Sabah Health Department as an effort to help the people of Labuan, especially women, to do early screening for breast cancer, bowel cancer and cervical cancer.
Deputy Director (Medicine) of Labuan Hospital, Dr Isvander Singh Parmar said, an average of 35 people are diagnosed with cancer in Labuan every year while saying that the number is very worrying.
“The Cancer Awareness Week program held for one week starting from June 16-22 June aims to promote awareness about cancer in addition to giving awareness about the need to do mammogram screening for early detection of cancer,” he said when speaking at the closing ceremony of Cancer Awareness Week.
In addition to mammogram screening, the program also includes health screening, dental screening and treatment, and non-communicable disease screening.
Also present at the ceremony were the Chairman of Zone 13, District 308 A2 Lion Club, Jessica Lee, Vice President I, Mandarin Lion Club Labuan, Chia Sia Ting MAKNA Coordinator, Azrul Azri.