THE FACTS & FIG­URES IN MALAYSIA

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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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Estée Lauder Eve­lyn Lauder and El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley Dream Lip Col­lec­tion, RM110 I have my own or­ganic farm and only eat meat that we’ve raised there. I don’t eat dairy my­self but I do buy it for the fam­ily from the farm next door. I grow most of my own veg­eta­bles and buy the rest from our lo­cal farmer’s mar­ket. I be­lieve that reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and main­tain­ing a healthy diet low in fat and full of veg­eta­bles, fruits, and whole grains is crit­i­cal.

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

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