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Kinabalu Pink Ribbon conducts Breast Cancer Awareness programme in Ranau

25th March, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Kinabalu Pink Ribbon (KPR) recently carried out a Breast Cancer Awareness programme in Ranau where a team of 24, led by KPR President, Nancy Tham, in collaboration with KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital and Lembaga Penduduk dan Pembangunan Keluarga Negara (LPPKN) conducted its outreach activity at Kg Lohan.

Officiating at the programme was Datuk Abidin Madingkir, Assemblyman for DUN N31 Paginatan. In his speech, he said he was aware of the high number of breast cancer cases among women and advised the women folk to regularly undergo health screening and to lead a healthy lifestyle.

He also commended KPR for initiating the awareness drive for the benefit of the community.

About 300 people, mostly women and children from nearby villages, registered at the event which kicked off with aerobics exercise. A talk on breast cancer by Dr V Pramanantha, a Medical Officer attached with the Breast and Endocrine Surgery Dept at Hospital Queen Elizabeth was a revelation to many about the disease and they listened attentively as well as participated in the Q&A.

Earlier on, a breast cancer survivor of 22 years shared her journey, pointing out that being inflicted with the cancer is not a death sentence if detected and treated early.

All adults present were provided free basic health screening by medical officers from KPJ while the clinical breast check-up for women were done by LPPKN nurses while the children had a fun filled outing with a colouring contest.

“I am pleased with the turnout of the villagers. They are so supportive of the programme,” Nancy said. “We have achieved our objective in disseminating information to the community of early detection which could save lives.”

Meanwhile, Ms Rainty Tioh, Vice President Education & Awareness cum Organising Chairperson expressed her thanks and gratitude to the village head of Kg Lohan, Mr Junis Maun and Klinik Kesihatan Lohan, Sister Nebah Singkatok who acted as a coordinator at Kg Lohan, promoting the breast cancer event to the locals.

She also thanked members of KPJ & LPPKN and Cancare Malaysia for the donation of pre-loved bras and not forgetting, the generous sponsors for their monetary and merchandise sponsorship.

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