October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, mama! Here’s how you can get involved here in Singapore for 2019
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. (As the daughter and granddaughter of breast cancer survivors, it’s certainly a cause near and dear to my heart. –Ed.)
In addition to highlighting key 2019 breast cancer awareness events in Singapore below, including subsidised mammograms and some fun fitness events, throughout the month we’ll also be sharing stories from right here in Singapore, including an update from inspiring mama Jasmine Han, who wrote about her breast cancer battle earlier this year, and a Q+A with a leading breast cancer surgeon about new, less invasive surgical alternatives.
Where to Get a Mammogram
According to the Singapore Cancer Society, Breast Cancer is the #1 cancer killer of Singaporean women, and 1 in 11 women here will get Breast Cancer in their lifetimes, with numbers steadily on the rise. One of the keys to survival is early detection (including both self-exams and mammograms), and to that end women who are Singaporean citizens or PRs can get $25 off a mammogram screening island-wide between now and 31 January 2020 (you must make your appointment by 30 November). Click here for eligibility info and booking instructions, mama.
- Singapore Cancer Society Clinic @ Bishan also offers free mammograms to Singaporean women aged 50 and above, strictly by appointment. Click here for more info.
- SKH Medical Centre at Singapore General Hospital is offering an additional 20% discount off the usual rate for digital mammograms, on top of the $25 SCS rebate to Singaporeans and PRs aged 40 and above, from now through 31 January 2020. Click here for more details!
- 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 $107 for foreigners (who will also need a doctor’s referral letter). Click here for all the details and the upcoming Mammobus schedule.
- TLC has kindly just added a super fun event to the calendar that includes a TV binge watch and free mammograms on Saturday 26 October at *SCAPE on Orchard. See below for details, but click here to reserve your slot, as spaces are limited!
Shared Courage – Stronger Together We Overcome
Singapore’s Breast Cancer Foundation comes out with a new theme each year. This year’s theme is a rallying cry to everyone with a mother, sister, wife, aunty, friend or colleague to stand together in solidarity with women affected by or struggling with breast cancer, or those who have lost their lives to the disease.
Because breast cancer affects so many mothers and grandmothers, this year the BCF has worked with DDB Group Singapore and Bridgestone Asia Pacific to create a Breast Self-Examination Nursery Reminder to promote early breast cancer detection.
Sung to the familiar tune of “Wheels on the Bus,” the clever song puts familiar phrases like “up and down” and “round and round” to new use, and serves as a unique reminder for women to make regular checks a lifelong habit. This is particularly crucial since only 45% of women perform breast checks regularly. Click here for our own handy breast check demo!
“Molly Monkey Sings and Saves” debuts at Pink Ribbon Walk 2019 (deets below!), performed by cute kiddos from MindChamps PreSchool. Be sure to visit www.bcf.org.sg/nurseryreminder for the new sing-along video, along with deets on a limited edition illustrated storybook that’s part of fundraising and outreach efforts!
This 3.5km walk and 5km fun run are happening this Saturday 5 October. Registration has closed, but you can still show up to join in the celebration 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.
Other on-site activities include Mammobus mammograms, an informative and interactive “Pink Health Fair Carnival,” a Pink Shop, and a mass dance party (“Pink Ribbon Groove”) led by breast cancer survivors, caregivers and volunteers.
Be sure to wear pink – there’ll be prizes for Best Dressed Female, Best Dressed Male, Best Dressed Group and Largest Pink contingent! Plus, every participant will receive one of the 5,000 pretty paper camellia flowers folded over the past four months by BCF volunteers. Representing the five thousand women in Singapore who’ve lost their lives to breast cancer since the Pink Ribbon Walk began, the beautiful display is also set to enter the Singapore Book of Records for largest number of paper Camellias in one place!
When: Saturday 5 October, 4pm to 8pm
Where: Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Square, Stadium Walk (in front of Kallang Wave Mall), Singapore 397628
Other Events (check for updates throughout October!)
Pink English Afternoon Tea at Goodwood Park Hotel
Throughout the month of October, to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation, you can look forward to an array of dainty pink treats and a pink chocolate fountain, available with the popular English Afternoon Tea spread at L’Espresso. Every guest who dines on the English Afternoon Tea buffet at L’Espresso in October will receive a Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) pink ribbon pin worth $2.The hotel will then donate to BCF the value of the total number of pins given out. In the same month, guests who wish to make a minimum $2 donation or more for the pins may do so at L’Espresso or The Deli via a BCF donation box. All donations received will go to BCF.
When: 1-31 October 2019
Where: L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
How much: $48++ per adult, $29++ per child, Monday to Thursday, 2pm to 5.30pm;
$50++ per adult, $30++ per child, Friday to Sunday, 12noon to 2:30pm (1st seating); 3pm to 5:30pm (2nd seating)
Click here to book or call (+65) 6730 1743
Enjoy a lovely evening under the stars with the fam at Singapore Botanic Gardens with a screening of The Wizard of Oz! If you donate $100 or more to this event by the National Cancer Centre Singapore, you’ll receive a wonderful picnic box filled with goodies from Noel Gifts. Families can also look forward to a StreetFunkFitness workout, along with free flow popcorn, candy floss and ice cream during the movie! NB: Even if you can’t make the movie, you can also contribute to the NCCS with their special October silent auction!
When: 19 October 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Eco Lake Lawn, Singapore Botanic Gardens (near the Botanic Gardens MRT Station), 41 Cluny Park Road, Singapore 257500
How much: Free! Donate $100 or more for a picnic box, with all proceeds benefitting National Cancer Centre Singapore
This FREE program from the Singapore Cancer Society teaches women undergoing cancer treatment how to overcome treatment-related side effects, look good, and manage their recovery with greater confidence and self esteem. Topics covered include hands-on make up and skincare tips, and scarf-tying demos by professionals.
When: Tuesday 24 October 2019, 1pm-4pm
Where: NUH Medical Centre, Level 10 Corridor G, Health Resource Centre Thyme Room,
How much: Free! Call (+65) 9836 8204 during weekday business hours to register.
Spend a Saturday afternoon watching your favourite TLC programmes – Dr Pimple Popper, Outdaughtered, Cake Boss and more – on the big screen at Orchard and help empower women to take charge of their personal health! This free event aims to raise public awareness on the necessity of early breast cancer screenings with talks by the Breast Cancer Foundation, including a talk by survivor Cindy Wong. There will also be a short yoga session at 3pm and complimentary mammograms by Mammo-on-Wheels will start at 12pm (you can register your interest here; be sure to book as spots are limited and filling up!).
When: Saturday 26 October, 2pm to 6pm. Click here for the screening schedule.
Where: *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link #04-01, Singapore 237978
How much: Free! NB: All free mammogram slots have now been booked as of 22 October
In keeping with this year’s theme of Shared Courage: Stronger Together, We Overcome, the BCF has designed a new pink ribbon pin for 2019, with two ribbons coming together to symbolise the power of love to overcome challenges (such as breast cancer). Pins are available for purchase ($2-$5) from 1 October at more than 300 participating outlets across Singapore; click here to see the full list, along with ancillary activities.
See www.pinkribbonsingapore.org for more!
If pink’s not your colour, mama, 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!
Lead image via Breast Cancer Foundation Singapore