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Breast Cancer Meanings Fundraising Dinner



The ‘Breast Cancer Meanings’ fundraising gala dinner was held on Friday, 16 March 2018 in support of the NUS Asian Breast Cancer Research Fund.

All funds raised go towards the research project led by Associate Professor Mikael Hartman, Programme Leader (Breast Cancer Prevention) that seeks to better understand Asian women’s health-seeking behaviours towards breast cancer and to encourage uptake of breast cancer screening and early treatment.

The book titled ‘Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across Asia’ features findings from the pilot study conducted by researchers from SSHSPH and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and was unveiled and presented to guest-of-honour State President Halimah Yacob at the dinner.

Published by NUS Press in Asia and NIAS Press in Europe and North America, the book is available at major book stores in Singapore and may also be purchased online here.

See Press Release here.

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手术后的手工艺品 (The handicraft after surgery)

Dr Alfred Kow (Senior Consultant, USC and NCIS) recounts the story of his patient who was a chronic hepatitis B carrier. She went for a health screening after her sister was diagnosed with liver cancer. The patient subsequently went through a surgery to remove a tumour. When she came back for her appointment during the CNY period, the patient presented Dr Kow with a handicraft basket she made using recycled materials.

Lianhe Wanbao, Page P1, Monday, 7 May 2018, Local, NUH.

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Dr Tan Ker Kan contributed an article published by Lianhe Wanbao in his capacity as Consultant at the Division of Surgical Oncology (Colorectal Surgery), NCIS.

5夫妻同病相‘连’患肠癌还同部位 (At least five couples have colorectal cancer)

The article featured NCIS colorectal cancer patients, Madam Phang Yoke Fah and Mr Lie Tjoen-Jong, who were diagnosed with colorectal cancer within a year of each other, prompting future research to see if genetics or environmental factors are to blame.

Dr. Tan Ker Kan, Consultant at the Division of Surgical Oncology (Colorectal Surgery), NCIS, lead author of the study, mentioned that some of the well-established risk factors of colorectal cancer included unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits. With majority of colorectal cancer patients in their late 60s to early 80s, these lifestyles would be shared with their spouses since their marriage. Both Dr. Tan and Mr. Lie strongly encouraged early colorectal cancer screening, with the Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Report 2015 showing the morality rate of colorectal cancer decreased due to early detection and advances in treatment.  

This was initiated as part of the publicity for the NCIS 10 Ribbon Challenge Event.

Lianhe Wanbao, Pg. 3, Monday, 2 April 2018, Local, NCIS.