Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Singapore. Find out what you can do to raise awareness and reduce your risk.
Based on 2017’s cancer registry, it was estimated that 1 in 14 women in Singapore will suffer from breast cancer before the age of 75. Yet less than 40 per cent of women at risk have done a mammogram.
It’s never too late to be vigilant about your breast health, and to remind your loved ones to do the same.
Find out what you can do to raise awareness of breast cancer this year.
1. Participate in the Pink Ribbon Walk
Organised by the Breast Cancer Foundation, the annual Pink Ribbon Walk is the flagship event of breast cancer awareness month (October). You can choose between the 3.5km ($40) and 5km ($50) routes and even participate in a record-setting “Pink Ribbon Groove Dance” this year. The event takes place on Oct 6 from 4pm at the Singapore Sports Hub. For more information, visit the Pink Ribbon Walk website.
2. Grab your friends and family for a mammogram
The Community Mammobus Programme launched by the Singapore Cancer Society and National Healthcare Group Diagnostics will allow first-time Singaporean participants to receive a free mammogram screening. Repeat screeners can also hop on the programme at a nominal fee.
Pre-registration is required due to limited spots. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6933 4742.
(Also read: 8 Ways to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk)
3. Shop for the cause
Brands from the Estee Lauder Companies including Bobbi Brown, Origins, Clinique, Estee Lauder and La Mer will retail limited edition products this month. Proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a US-based non-profit organisation.
Our picks: The Origins Hand and Mind Relief Set ($29) that includes an anti-ageing hand cream and a rollerball scent; and Bobbi Brown Pinks with Purpose Lip Colour Duo ($66).
4. Wear a Pink Ribbon
The signature pink ribbon pin reminds all of us to go for regular screenings and to support all women fighting the disease. The pin costs $3 or $5 (for the gem-embellished version) and is available at multiple locations in Singapore.