The Straits Times
Published on Sep 30, 2012

For the record, it's about breast cancer awareness


A giant pink "ribbon" made up of more than 2,300 men, women and children has earned the participants a place in the Singapore Book of Records.

The record was set on Saturday at the Waterfront Promenade in Marina Bay, to raise awareness of breast cancer and to mark the 10th anniversary of the Health Promotion Board's (HPB) national breast screening programme.

The participants formed the ribbon by standing in an outline and holding up pink umbrellas. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in Singapore, especially those between 60 and 69 years old. More than 1,500 are diagnosed every year.

As with most cancers, early detection is recommended. Subsidised screening is offered at $50 for Singaporean citizens and $75 for permanent residents under the HPB's programme at 16 polyclinics. More information is available at the board's website