October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, mama! Here’s how you can get involved here in Singapore
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 30 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.)
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. Throughout this month, in partnership with Singapore’s Breast Cancer Foundation and the theme “Every Woman Matters“, we will be profiling mamas in Singapore who have battled Breast Cancer. Look for our first interview coming up on Wednesday, mama.
One of the keys to survival is early detection (including both self-exams and mammograms), and to that end women age 50 and above who are Singaporean citizens or PRs can get $25 off a mammogram screening island-wide between now and 31 January 2019 (you must make your appointment by 30 November). Click here for eligibility info and booking instructions, mama. Note that the Singapore Cancer Society Clinic @ Bishan also offers free mammograms to Singaporean women, strictly by appointment. Click here for more info.
Want to know what else you can do to help raise Breast Cancer awareness? We’ve rounded up a list of events and fundraising initiatives across Singapore to keep you abreast (sorry, couldn’t help it) of goings on this month. So hop on the pink train and let’s go!
This 3.5km walk and 5km fun run are happening this Saturday, mama and they accept walk-up registrations! You’ll not only be showing your support for survivors, you’ll also be raising funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation, which runs amazing support groups for Breast Cancer patients and does awareness outreach (like free mobile mammograms!) throughout the year. Be sure to wear pink, especially since before the races flag off there’ll be a mass group dance at 4:50pm that will attempt to set the world record for the most people dancing while wearing pink caps!
When: Saturday 6 October (tomorrow!), 4pm to 8pm
Where: Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Square, Stadium Walk (in front of Kallang Wave Mall), Singapore 397628
How much: $25-$50; click here to register!
Passionate About 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 2018
Where: L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
How much: $49++ per adult, $30++ per child, Monday to Thursday, 2pm to 5.30pm;
$52++ per adult, $32++ 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
Breast Cancer: What’s It Got to Do With Me?
At this free roadshow sponsored by KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, speak with health experts and learn how to identify Breast Cancer early, treat it, and be empowered with the right knowledge to beat it. There will also be information on getting a mammogram, along with educational games and the opportunity to redeem a gift!
When: Saturday 6 October, 10am to 4pm
Where: Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310480
How much: Free! Call (+65) 6394 8073 for more information
Breast Cancer Facts & Myths Public Forum and Cancerwise Workshop at Sengkang Community Hospital
Presented by the National Cancer Centre Singapore, join in an English language Breast Cancer Public Forum and workshop at the new SKH campus in an aim to help women and healthcare staff understand more about the disease. What you think about this disease as a fact may actually be completely false, and knowing the wrong information can affect the way one responds or reacts to the diagnosis of Breast Cancer. This forum will aim to debunk the myths and misconceptions about Breast Cancer and equip you with the various techniques in breast self-examination.
When: Saturday 6 October, 9am-11am (Public Forum) and 11:30am-12pm (Self-examination workshop)
Where: Sengkang Community Hospital, Auditorium, Level 2, 1 Anchorvale Street, Singapore 544835
How much: Free! Call (+65) 6005 or click here to register.
Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Running Bootcamp
Join in one of two super fun (and FREE!) charity “RunCamps” offered by Momentum Bootcamps and show your support to those whose lives are affected by Breast Cancer by wearing pink. All fitness levels are welcome at these high-energy, hourlong sessions that combine running with short strength and core sets. Two sessions will be offered, either at the Botanic Gardens or East Coast Park. All proceeds from this class go to the Breast Cancer Foundation Singapore. If you are unable to join, donations are still welcome!
When: Sunday 14 October 2018, 7:30am to 8:30am
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens (the Bandstand), 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569 or East Coast Park (BBQ Pit 14C near Marine Cove), Singapore 449876
How much: Free! All donations welcome, though! Click here to register.
Pink Ribbon Line Dance
Presented by the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, this fun afternoon event (in English and Mandarin) will combine a Breast Cancer talk about myths and facts from Assistant Professor Chan Ching Wan, along with opportunities to register for a mammogram. There will also be a breast self-examination demo, and participants are welcome to speak with doctors to ask any burning questions. And of course there’ll be the big old pink line dance!
When: Saturday 20 October, 11am to 1pm
Where: Bukit Timah Community Club (near Beauty World MRT), 20 Toh Yi Drive, Singapore 596659
How much: Free! To register email [email protected] or call (+65) 6772 5859
Zumba and Movie in the Gardens
Organised by the National Cancer Centre Singapore, this super family-friendly event will combine a massive group Zumba session at 6pm followed by a fun outdoor movie screening of Mary Poppins. Be sure to wear pink!
When: Saturday 20 October, 6pm-10pm
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens (Eco Lake Lawn, near Cluny Park Gate), 41 Cluny Park Road, Singapore 257500
How much: Free!
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!