Monday September 24, 2012
7,000 show support in fight against cancer
PUTRAJAYA: This Federal Administration centre became a sea of pink yesterday when 7,230 people flooded Precinct 2 and 3 in creative pink T-shirts and costumes in support of the fight against cancer campaign.
The “Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer” charity walk saw participants of all ages stroll and jog a distance of five kilometres.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Heng Seai Kie and Putrajaya Corporation president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat also joined them.
Local celebrities, including Avon ambassador actress Neelofa, actor Que Haidar and wife Linda Jasmine, as well as Harimau Malaya striker Safee Sali, also took part.
The event was held in conjunction with the global celebration of Avon's 20th Breast Cancer Crusade anniversary.
Heng said while there was a marked increase in the level of awareness on breast cancer among Malaysian women, more support from the men would be welcomed.
“Husbands could play their role by encouraging their wives to undergo mammogram tests.
“There are 58 Nur Sejahtera clinics throughout the country where they can go for the test which is free of charge under the ministry's subsidised mammogram programme for those with a household income of below RM5,000 a month,” she said.
Heng added that since the programme was introduced in May 2007, a total of 100,357 women had undergone the test and 125 had been detected positive and given further treatment.