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One among 19 women has breast cancer
Published on: Friday, November 08, 2019

KENINGAU: One in 19 women has breast cancer, a leading disease in the country, said District Officer Hassan Mahali here.

He said the disease did not discriminate the age of the person, be they a mother, grandmother, aunt or daughter.

“I have learnt that in the interior area of Sabah, many patients come to the hospital for treatment with medical personnel when their breast cancer have already reached stage three or four,” he said at the launching of Keningau Kinabalu Pink Ribbon (KKPR) Support Group at Sabah Handicraft Centre.

Hassan’s text of speech was delivered by his representative who was also Assistant District Officer for Development, Yusof Awang Ali.

He urged women in the district as well as in the interior to conduct regular checkups at government hospitals and health clinics to identify if they show symptoms of having the disease so that it could be prevented with an early treatment.

He said that early treatment through check-up in government hospitals or health clinics would increase possibility of recovery, which then save their lives.

“On behalf of the people of this district, I thank the Kinabalu Pink Ribbon Association for the initiative to expand the Support Group in interior especially Keningau as it would inculcate awareness and lesson on the importance of educating the public on breast cancer that have been identified as the number one killer among women in Malaysia.

“On our part, among government departments, we will continue to assist and support KKPR support group for any awareness programmes organised by the association,” he said.

Hassan said Kinabalu Pink Ribbon President Nancy Tham and her entourage paid a courtesy call on his office last August seeking support for the KKPR support group to be formed under Kinabalu Pink Ribbon.

He did not expect it to be formed so fast when KKPR launched the platform for women to seek advice on breast cancer.



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