October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Here’s how you can get involved here in Singapore for 2023.
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 breast cancer and you can click here to donate to support BCF’s cause.
2023 Breast Cancer Awareness events in Singapore
Check out some of these key 2023 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 this October and November 2023
On 28 – 29 October 2023 and 4 – 5 November 2023, all women citizens 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. Click here for all the details. The mammobus will be at Jurong Medical Centre 9am to 4pm (strictly by appointment only).
3. National University Cancer Institute Singapore: $10 funding assistance
From 1 October to 31 December 2023, 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 three different NUHS Diagnostic Centres (Bukit Batok, Clementi, Pioneer). Slots are limited to the first 500 registrations on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here to book now and for more details.
4. The Pink Ribbon Walk 2023: 29 October
The annual fun run returns with a full in-person event this year and Pink Ribbon Walk 2023 will be happening from 29 October 2023. Registration is now open, so be sure to sign up and show your support for runners, walkers, and survivors alike. The Pink Ribbon Walk helps raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation, which runs amazing support groups for Breast Cancer patients and does awareness outreach throughout the year. Each participant will receive a goodie bag, which will include a pink ribbon t-shirt. Creative OOTD enthusiasts can also come donned in their best pink outfits and stand a chance to win prizes!
Pink Ribbon Walk 2023
When: 29 October 2023, starts at 8am
Where: Marina Bay Sands Events Plaza
5. Fit & Fab with NCIS
This 20 October, NCIS invites you to an evening workout session at The Frontier Plaza! Come in your best pink outfit and dance your way to a healthier lifestyle. The Fit & Fab event saw a huge response with its virtual workouts in previous years and returns for just one evening only this October, so be sure to register early!
When: 20 October 2023, 8 – 9pm
Where: The Frontier Plaza beside The Frontier CC (60 Jurong West Central 3, Singapore 648346)
6. Women’s Wellness: Focusing on breasts and cervical cancers
Health experts from the National University Cancer Institute Singapore and the National University Hospital come together to share some tips to prevent and detect signs of breast and cervical cancer in this one-day breast cancer awareness event. Participants can also look forward to sharing sessions by breast cancer survivors, a free workout session and more. Visit the Breast Cancer Awareness website for more information and registration details.
When: 7 October 2023, 11am – 1pm
Where: Jurong Medical Centre, 60 Jurong West Central 3, Singapore 648346
7. Breast Cancer Awareness Webinars (in English and Mandarin)
Organised by the Breast Cancer Foundation, National Cancer Centre Singapore, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, Singapore Cancer Society, and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, this Breast Cancer Awareness Webinar will bring together multiple specialists as they discuss breast cancer in Singapore. Further your understanding of this disease and hear more from a survivor as she shares about her fight and her journey.
When: 14 October 2023
Where: online, on Zoom. Visit the Breast Cancer Awareness site for the latest on registration details.
8. Breast Cancer Talk and Health Carnival
Organised in the Malay language by the peeps behind the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) and Singapore Cancer Society (SCS), the Malay community can head down to Wisma Geylang Serai for a fun day of activities and talks! Learn more about breast cancer from health experts, and participate in several interactive activities organised in this one-day event!
When: 21 October 2023, 11:30am – 5:30pm
Where:Wisma Geylang Serai, Persada Budaya, Level 1, 1 Engku Aman Turn, Singapore 408528
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!