Sunday, April 26, 2009

Screening?
Salam....there is so many things I would like to share but due to time constraints, very little I can offer. But today I would like to share about Women Issue which I think is very important. It’s happened in my family and wouldn’t want it to happen to other people out there.

Western Australia

My aunty passed away many years ago due to breast cancer. We accept it as Qadaq and Qadar... but what is the best lesson we learn from this? yea breast cancer screening is very well important especially to those with a high risk. My mum is in her late 50 and I had reminded her many times to go for mammogram and woman at her age should go for the screening at least every three years. But she's so scared and according to her friends mammogram is very painful procedure. She has her 'family' doctor (Dr Q) for routine check up and the expenses are all covered by health benefit (employer scheme). She used to request for the mammogram and Dr. Q said it is not necessary and advise my mum to do her 'self checking'. Taking the advice from Dr Q, she was very happy and makes that as an excuse not to go for mammogram.

But somehow she experience discomfort on her arm and then she had requested for mammogram. She finally allowed going for mammogram (Dr Q is acting like he’s the one who paying for the expenses…argghhh it’s all the employer money ok). As a result, there is a small lump near her armpit about 1cm. When my mum calls Dr Q for the result, he said the result is ok. Then my sister calls him for confirmation and asking if there is any lump. Then he said there is a lump but he reassured it should be fine. My sis so mad and asked him how sure is he that the lump is ok? My mum went to see him the following day and he asked my mum to wait for another 6 months for futher check up.

My sis contacted Lin for second opinion and I also contacted my friend, a medical lecturer and also talked to my colleague who is currently doing research related to breast cancer. They advised to go for further check up with specialist. If necessary fine needle biopsy might be needed. My sister set appointment with the consultant at NM Medical Centre and at the same time contacted Dr Q for referral to specialist. If Dr Q made the referral, then it would be covered but if he doesn’t want to do so, then we just pay ourselves. My sister really pushed Dr Q with saying there is a lump and we requested for further check up and let the specialist decide. Unless it is all normal then it would be unreasonable to ask for referral. He at last agrees after another drama! Fuhhhhhhhh

My mum went to the consultant and he asked her to do the ultra sound, instead of one there is another one but didn’t appear in the mammogram. The second newly found lump is very small. The consultant said it should be ok and asked my mum to come back in 3 months time for another ultrasound. I hope everything is fine.

Personally I think the Breast Screening should be done to all women 50 and above and also the high risk group (e.g. history of cancer in family).

The programme in the UK has screened more than 19 million women and has detected around 117,000 cancers.
A report by the Department of Health Advisory Committee published in 1991 suggested that the programme would save 1,250 lives each year by 2010.2
The World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that mammography screening for breast cancer reduces mortality. The IARC working group, comprising 24 experts from 11 countries, evaluated all the available evidence on breast screening and determined that there is a 35 per cent reduction in mortality from breast cancer among screened women aged 50 - 69 years old. This means that out of every 500 women screened, one life will be saved.3

source:http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/breastscreen/index.html

I hope my friends who read this, please bring your mum for mammogram if they already 50 and above or if there is cancer history in the family. It cost less than RM200 in private hospital and this is might be a good gift for the coming Mother's day? Besides that overall medical check up for elderly is also important.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!!!

53 comments:

Lan Bingka said...

nasihat yang sangat berguna..terima kasih

Kak Elle said...

Di sini in Sg woman above 45yrs old are encouraged routinely to go 4 mammogram...

Please ask your mom to observe the size of the lump ye.

Neeza Shahril said...

thanks arsaili for your concern.
I never did this mammogram thingy but I surely need one though I still have many more years to reach 50.
Better be safe than sorry kan..
Indeed, breast cancer is number one women's enemy..

Kasawari said...

terima kasih bro kerana berkongsi ilmu di sini.. mmg perkara2 sebegini buat kita terlupa nak pantau..

DrSam said...

Salam bro,
A good and timely reminder. This issue should be taken seriously by women, though men are not exempted. Hope the lumps in your mum's should not do any further harm, Insyaalah. Yes, it is always good to seek second opinion.

p/s: Dr. Q mush have 'screened' many lumps before, probably small lumps are insignificance to him :) My guess.

zino said...

semuga segala nya akan ok..

TokNabe said...

kena beringat sangat dgn breast cancer ni. harap2 kaum2 hawa memberi perhatian... ini adalah salah satu musuh utama kaum wanita.

betul tu... mencegah tu lebih baik dari mengubati.

Chekgu BaniHassim said...

my mom mmg ade buat health screening ikut satu program ni laa...
yearly mmg buat...
whole body health screening...

risao gak penyakit cenggini...

Penabahari said...

Terima kasih sdr Arsaili for the info.

izman said...

good info.

Kujie said...

sejarah keluar sebelah suami 4-5 kes barah..anak2 kena lebih diberi perhatian.
kena check dari awal

MULAN said...

my mum kata sakit..!!! belum sampai masa untuk pergi buat, tapi kenapa banyak kes juga bagi mereka yang berumur 30-an? kenapa mesti pergi selepas 40 tahun?

nahmy said...

betul tu tuan...women above 50 should consider doing this. 'prevention is so much better than cure'.

addyaholix said...

makcik saya juga baru mengadap ilahi atas sebab yang sama bang.

CAHAYA said...

LPPKN menawarkan subsidi sebanyak RM50 utk wanita2 yang ingin membuat ujian mammogram di mana2 klinik/ pusat mammogram yang berdaftar dgn LPPKN.

Sila telefon Talian Nur-15999 untuk pertanyaan lanjut.

p/s: Thanks for this kind of post. Sometimes people need some reality checks in life. Kalau tak asyik nak bertangguh je dr buat pemeriksaan ni. :)

Mak Su said...

thanks for the reminder

kadok said...

bahaya sungguh. thanks for the info bro..:)

silversarina said...

Rasa takut bila ingat ramai wanita yang menghidap kanser payudara, thanks for the reminder.

theconfused said...

i'm fine.. alhamdulillah..

yeah, make sure that she do it regularly, i've seen a lot, n wish not to see anymore... not that i don't want to see but praying so hard that no one will suffer anymore...

Faisal Admar said...

even docs told me that their friends who are also doctors died caused by cancer. sad thing to hear when even docs can't do anything about it... they are the "specialist" tho.

somehow, thanks for sharing this. at least women out there would be careful and always do checking as suggested.

HEMY said...

dh kawin nnt aku bawak bini screening yearly..insyaAllah...

cempakabiru said...

ape daa Dr Q, tempeleng kang.

btw, hope ur mum will be ok :) insyallah. n alfatihah utk arwah aunty u~

madam gold said...

Hi arsaili,a week ago my aunt was diagnosed pancreas cancer and has spread to her lung and stomach.Discovered at stage 4.Now doing the chemo.We are all dumbfounded,did not expect at all.She looked healthy until a month ago.
Did my screening 3 yrs ago.But for that papsmear test,women are still too shy to go through..

de_kerinchi said...

yess...When people think about breast cancer, they rarely think of male breast cancer..so.... ;-)

but also dont forget the others cancer too...Lung cancer, liver cancer etc also give a big problem to all Malaysian....

My farther passed away many years ago due to liver cancer...not smoking and dringking...but its still there

meen said...

salam arsaili..

hmm..good info. Thanks for sharing n have a good time always ya..

cakapaje said...

Salam arsaili,

Syukran. InsyAllah, the ladies here have or will do so.

muadzlife said...

salam bro,

thanks for reminding ;)...
and sharing those ..

13may said...

salam...

thanks for sharing :)

Hafiz said...

beside doing annual mammogram and/or breast ultrasound, you should always do Paps smear to screen for cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer does not shows any symptoms and it is the silent killer among women.

There are lots of preventive things that you can do for your parent and it is never too late to bring them to any doctor for routine check up :)

Syed said...

What you have to go thru..the worry.. the fear.. I went thru something similar once... I doakan your mom sihat sejahtera, InsyaAllah..

nazirul mubin said...

thanx for the sharing

Abang Long said...

Kita perlu beri KESEDARAN kepada semua. Itu tanggungjawab.

noorlara said...

arsaili,
memang betul semua wanita tua mude sepatunye menjalani pemeriksaan payudara secara berkala, apapun masalahnye kesedaran masih amat kurang di kalangan wanita pedalaman dan di kawasan urban pula takot jadi puncanya. Alangkah elok kalau kejaan Malaysia dapat mewajibkan semua kaun wanita jalaninye tapi ade masalah lain laks ONGKOS sape nak bayau hahahahha

kalau sakit duit berjuta tak bleh beli kesihatan!!!

rizal said...

arsaili,

terima kasih sebab masih sudi-sudi singgah ke RnR.

Satu pesanan dan ingatan yang berguna.

Have a blessed life and happy blogging ya. :)

patungcendana said...

salam...

how's your mom?...she ok now?

re:...pelarian...?

siapa aku lari dari?....aku tak cukup tenaga nak lari...hehehe

CT said...

Salam & Thanks for the info...Jazakalloh!

Yunus Badawi said...

kesedaran org kita masih kurang walaupun lebih baik jika dibandingkan dgn beberapa tahun dulu.

Thanks for sharing.

peaceonearth said...

age 50 and above, the risk is higher and to all women, tak sakit kalau pegi buat right after abis period (kalau belum menopous le) jgn buat right before period, tengah tegang, sakit to some women, good issue to all of us to relfect upon

lupekanje said...

good information..just stopping by to pay my first visit on this blog ...tq..will come again.

Abdullah said...

Salam bro,

A grim reminder that we must always remain vigilant, and not rely completely on our doctors...

zafi said...

Bro
i appreciate your information! tq for sharing the thoughts. :)

Anak Pendang Sekeluarga said...

slm..nasihat ni akn dijadikan peringatan kepada saya...he3

Zareda Norman said...

Arsaili

Very good reminder..

Kanser payudara merupakan pembunuh utama wanita masa kini. Isteri kawan zar sendiri baru meninggal kerana breast cancer. Meninggalkan 4 anak yang masih kecil dan dia sendiri baru berusia 35 tahun.. too bad.. lambat dikesan dan bila dikesan dah stage 4...

A t i Q a h said...

Owh. Harap2 mak anda sentiasa sihat. :)

Zue said...

takutlah...

rerama salju said...

Salam Arsaili,

Tq for the reminder,and Thanks for your Doa to my arwah adik the other day as well....

dEeWaN said...

Salam. Tq 4 the info. Moga sume wanita x malu utk wat mamo. Kta jgn dok leka utk kcantikan luaran dlaman jugak perlu. Beringat sebelum kena........

dEeWaN said...

Tq 4 info. Beringat sebelum kena. Bagi wanita jgn malu utk ke dpn. Bertindak awal coz mencegah e2 lbh baik

kuIna LadyInRed said...

rasanya kempen dah lama diadakan oleh hospital kerajjan & swasta cuma kesedaran perlu dipertingkatkan..

pencegahan awal tu penting..

10's 4 d info.

Faridrashidi said...

Syukran di atas penulisan.

echah_syed said...

baru dok stori dgn fren pasal cancer sbb baru2 ni kwn aunty masuk ward paru2 berair,berdarah & bernanah :(

KhairiL's said...

nice info,
boleh buat panduan kpd semua

zonaku said...

salam.. bloghopping n found yours from the confused's blog

it's ggod to know some men DO care for the ladies'health in their life..

make it a routine, a pap smear too.