THE FACTS & FIGURES IN MALAYSIA
Ask around and chances are you’ll learn that almost everyone knows someone or of someone who has been affected by breast cancer. In most parts of the world, it is one of the most common cancers in women, with one out of every 50 women developing breast cancer by the age of 50 as estimated by The National Cancer
Institute of the United States. While Asia has the lowest breast cancer occurrence rates,
its rate of increase has been the greatest. HERE’S HOW THE DISEASE STACKS UP IN MALAYSIA: A Malaysian woman has one chance in 20 of getting breast cancer at some point in her life. Chinese
women are more prone to the disease. The National Cancer Registry shows that over 40 percent of breast cancer in Malaysian women
develops before the age of 50. Only five percent of breast cancer patients have a
genetic link to the disease. Others are caused by lifestyle factors, making breast cancer something that
can be avoided with a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, the national statistics for breast
cancer have not been reviewed for more than six years, which means the incidences of breast cancer
deaths in Malaysia may be higher than reported. focus more on definitive actions that we can take together to create a world without breast cancer.” We know that a healthy lifestyle is one of the strongest factors of breast health. How do you maintain yours? “Well, research shows that a healthy lifestyle plays an important role in breast cancer prevention. I like food in its simplest state.
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Every year on my birthday, I visit my doctor and get a mammogram, and I encourage all women 40 and older to do the same. All women should make it a point to see their doctors and have their breasts checked regularly, report any changes in their breasts to their doctors, and if over 40, get an annual mammogram.
Early detection is essential. I have four very good friends, all of whom were under the age of 40 when they were diagnosed with breast cancer, and because each of them was able to detect it early they are surviving and thriving today. If they hadn’t been taking their breast health seriously, they might not be here. The most important thing is to pay attention to your body and if you notice any changes or irregularities (no matter how small) have a conversation with your doctor right away.” www.bcacampaign.com THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN MALAYSIA Estée Lauder Malaysia has been taking part in the global BCA Campaign since 1996 and continues to help spread the word. All initiatives carried out in Malaysia are used to support the efforts of local NGOs such as the Breast Cancer Welfare Association, College of Radiology Malaysia, The National Cancer Society of Malaysia, and the Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation as well as to fund activities that will benefit Malaysian women. Get in on the action. For more information, please e-mail elcbca@ my.estee.com
The famous pink ribbon has become a symbol of women’s efforts to prevent breast cancer
The 2012 charity walk, in the formation of a human pink ribbon