World Cancer Day marked with activities to raise awareness on cancer prevention

SINGAPORE - Talks and an interactive exhibition on cancer were held on Saturday to raise awareness on ways to prevent, treat and control different forms of the disease.

Organised to commemorate World Cancer Day, which is observed globally on Feb 4 every year, the one-day event at the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh included an art competition for children to express their wishes for other children whose loved ones have been affected by cancer.

It was the inaugural collaboration between the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS), National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), and National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS).

"By bringing everyone together, we hope that we can provide a more holistic approach towards raising awareness about cancer and engaging the public to take proactive steps in prevention, including making regular health screening a top priority," said Dr Lim Siew Eng, chairman of the public education committee at SCS and senior haematology-oncology consultant at NCIS.

While awareness about breast and cervical cancer has been high, Singaporeans are not going for regular screenings, sometimes due to fear of pain or of the outcome of the tests, the three agencies said in a joint press release.

To encourage them to make screenings a habit, visitors at the exhibition who met the screening criteria were able to collect a Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) Kit, sign up for a Pap smear and also book a screening mammogram for free.