Seeing pink this October? Get ready for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Seeing pink this October? Get ready for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
PHOTO: Seeing pink this October? Get ready for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer (29.4 per cent) and the top cause of cancer-related death (17.9 per cent) in Singapore women. On average, about 1,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year*.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early. A mammogram - the screening test for breast cancer - can help find breast cancer early when it's easier to treat.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.

Make a difference and do your part! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage the women in your life aged 40 years and above to get screened. Participate in a host of activities this month to learn more about breast cancer and spread your knowledge and awareness to friends and family.

Visit the Breast Cancer Foundation Singapore website for details on events and activities during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Activities include the "Wear the Pink Ribbon", Pink Ribbon Walk and other breast cancer awareness events. Also look out for talks and exhibitions at community clubs, associations, schools, tertiary institutions, hospitals, private corporations and government organisations.

In Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Singapore Cancer Foundation will be giving $25 discount vouchers for use in breast screening at polyclinics and hospitals. Read more here.

Japanese eyelash brand sets Guinness World Record in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 250 participants attempt the 'largest number of people applying false eyelashes and raise funds to support breast cancer. Read more here.

*According to the Singapore Cancer Registry's Interim Report on Trends in Cancer Incidence in Singapore, 2008 - 2012,

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