Pattaya Daily News

23 September 2008 :: 23:09:52 pm 2459

BBC’s Outreach Project

The Bangkok Breast Cancer Support Group (BBCs) is a dedicated group of expatriate volunteers who have been actively involved with breast cancer education and support in Thailand since 1999. The BBCs office is located at the Queen Sirikit Center for Breast Cancer in the Chulalongkorn Hospital, and they also run a weekly clinic at the BNH Hospital, where they support women who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
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Research indicates that the majority of Thai women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer when they are already in the advanced stages (3+ 4) of the disease, leading to higher mortality rates than if detected earlier (stages 1+2). One of the factors in this is lack of education and awareness of the risks.

The BBCs have initiated a project to teach Thai women in rural communities the importance of early detection of breast cancer through Breast Self Examination and have received funding from The Pfizer Foundation for this very important project.

With the cooperation and endorsement of local medical and administrative officials and the assistance of the BNH Hospital in Bangkok, a pilot educational outreach program started in September 2008 in the Province of Suphanburi.

The first presentation took place on September 15th in the district of Samchuk. The BBCs volunteers were accompanied by five uniformed breast care nurses and select staff of the BNH hospital. Many of the participants underwent basic breast examinations, performed by the team of nurses. As a result, two participants who presented with abnormalities in their breast were invited by the BBCs to come to Bangkok for diagnostic testing, all costs to be borne by the BBCs.

The presentation consisted of 4 stages:

An informal talk about breast health, stressing the importance of self examination and early detection of breast cancer.

An in depth slide presentation followed by a short film demonstrating the technique of Breast Self Examination.

The opportunity for the participants to practice Breast Self Examination, supervised by the BBCs volunteers and the nurses.

Demonstration by participants to show the BBCs what has been learnt to ensure that the technique has been correctly understood.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Health

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