October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Here’s how you can get involved here in Singapore for 2022.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide. While that definitely means you can expect to be surrounded by lots of pink stuff over the next 31 days (not that we don’t love pink here at Sassy Mama), it also means there are tons of great initiatives going on across Singapore to raise both funds and awareness about this disease that affects so many women around the world. Singapore’s Breast Cancer Foundation comes out with a new theme each year. This year’s theme, Shared Courage – Together, We Are Stronger, recognises the strength of those who have battled or are currently fighting breast cancer as well as the caregivers who have dedicated themselves to support the ones that are struggling with this disease. You can join in this year’s Pink Ribbon Walk (more deets below!) to show your support for those battling this illness and you can click here to donate to support BCF’s cause.
Read more: Stories from Breast Cancer Survivors in Singapore
2022 Breast Cancer Awareness events in Singapore
Check out some of these key 2022 breast cancer awareness events in Singapore below, including subsidised mammograms and some fun fitness events!
1. Singapore Cancer Society Clinic @ Bishan: FREE mammograms
One of the keys to survival is early detection (including both self-exams and mammograms). Singapore Cancer Society Clinic @ Bishan offers free mammograms to Singaporean women aged 50 and above, strictly by appointment. Click here for more info.
2. Mammobus: FREE mammograms on 29 October & 5 November 2022
On 29 October and 5 November 2022, Singapore citizens all women in Singapore aged 40 and above are eligible to get a mammogram on the Mammobus! In fact mammograms are FREE to Singaporean women who are getting screened for the first time (and just $10 for repeat screeners); rates start from just $25 for PRs and slots are by appointment only. Click here for all the details. The mammobus will be at Jurong Medical Centre 9am to 4.20pm (strictly by appointment only).
3. National University Cancer Institute Singapore: $10 funding assistance
From 1 October to 30 November 2022, NCIS is offering an additional $10 funding assistance for Singapore citizens and PRs aged 50 years old and above who are getting their first mammograms under the HPB Screen For Life Programme at any of the four different NUHS Diagnostic Centres (Bukit Batok, Chua Chu Kang, Clementi, Pioneer). Limited to the first 500 registrations, click here to book now and for more details.
4. Singapore Cancer Society: $25 funding assistance
SCS is offering $25 funding assistance for Singapore citizens and PRS aged 40 and above who are getting a mammogram screening at any of the participating breast screening centres, from 1 October to 30 November 2022 (Appointments must be made by 15 November 2022). Click here for more details.
5. The Pink Ribbon Walk 2022: 30 October to 15 November 2022
This virtual and in-person fun run will be happening from 30 October to 15 November 2022. Registration is now open, so be sure to sign up now and show your support for runners, walkers, and survivors alike. The Pink Ribbon Walks helps raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation, which runs amazing support groups for Breast Cancer patients and does awareness outreach throughout the year. Be sure to wear pink – there’ll be prizes for the Best Dressed Participant and the Most Creative Pink Team! Plus, every participant will receive a goodie bag which will include a medal, a pink ribbon pin and more (items in the bag will vary based on the challenge you participate in).
Pink Ribbon Fun Challenge
When: 30 October 2022
Where: Bedok Reservoir Park
Pink Ribbon Virtual Walk
When: 30 October – 15 November 2022
6. Fit & Fab with NCIS
This October, get ready to push yourself through these free virtual workouts with NCIS’s Fit & Fab! From Yoga on 5 & 19 October to Zumba on 7, 13, 21 & 25 October and K-Kardio Dance on 11 & 27 October, be sure to put on your best pink outfit as you take on these exciting exercise challenges. Click here for more details, including the Zoom meeting ID and passcode for the exercise activities.
When: 5 – 28 October 2022
Where: online, on Zoom
7. Breast Cancer Awareness Webinars (English & Mandarin)
Organised by the Breast Cancer Foundation, Singapore Cancer Society, Singapore, National Cancer Centre Singapore, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National University Cancer Institute, this Breast Cancer Awareness Webinar will bring together multiple specialists as they talk more about breast cancer. Further your understanding on this disease and hear more from a survivor as she shares about her fight and her journey.
When: 15 October 2022
Where: online, on Zoom
8. BrArt Exhibition + MammoART The Exhibition
Organised by the Breast Cancer Foundation, BrArt Exhibition + MammoART Exhibition showcases bralettes designed by fashion designers Frederick Lee, Mette Hartman and more. Also on display will be the winning designs from the participants of the BrArt competition. Located at Level B4 of ION Orchard, check out the creative interpretations of mammogram scans as part of the MammoART exhibition, merchandise from Mammo and BCF and more!
When: 1 October – 31 October 2022
Where: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
9. Soma Haus Breast Cancer Awareness Educational Workshops & Classes
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wellness centre Soma Haus will be hosting a series of educational workshops and classes throughout the month of October. From the Breast Health and Wellbeing with Dr. POLLET, M.D talk to the Massage Techniques to Relieve Stress for Self and Caregivers workshop, there is plenty to take part in to help spread awareness on self-care, breast health and greater body awareness.
Soma Haus Workshops & Classes
8 October 2022: Advocate for Your Breast Health and Wellbeing with Dr. POLLET, M.D
15 October 2022: Tending to Your Beloved Self: A Practice of Curiosity and Compassion
21 October 2022: Breast Cancer Foundation Awareness Talk
29 October 2022: Massage Techniques to Relieve Stress for Self and Caregivers
When: 8, 15, 21 & 29 October 2022
Where: Soma Haus, 108 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427401
You can also consider making a donation to a charity that supports medical research or current cancer patients, including the Breast Cancer Foundation, the Singapore Cancer Society, or the National Cancer Centre Singapore’s Research and Community Support Funds. We are so close to beating breast cancer, but we’re not there yet!