The COR Mammogram Programme (CMP) –
Episode 5 (2005)
by Dr Evelyn Ho
Progress since 2001, CoR thanks sponsors!
It is five years down the road since the first ever mammogram programme providing value added mammograms to underprivileged or financially challenged women began in 2001 with a big bang. That was the year more than 1,500 women availed the programme as generous donors (Johnson & Johnson – RM100,000 and Meditel – RM30,000) together with a big grant from the MMA Foundation Radiology Fund made this worthy programme possible.
The College of Radiology’s vision has surpassed all expectations – that about 4,500 women have accessed the programme and that the College of Radiology Mammogram Programme (CMP) has spread its wings to 10 states in Malaysia. Where funds were running out, somehow or other, supporters of the programme and efforts of the CoR have come forward or sourced donations. The MMA Foundation Radiology has pledged an annual grant of RM15,000 until 2006.
We thank all our donors who have contributed over the years (2001-2005) to the mammogram programme:
Amount Received (RM)
Johnson & Johnson
Shell Malaysia & associated companies
Tan Chong Motor Holdings
We do not forget the smaller sums from various individuals and other companies too, every single sen donated is vital for the programme and is most appreciated. Johnson & Johnson and Meditel also strongly support other aspects of the CoR’s breast health awareness programmes.
In 2005, the College of Radiology was nominated as recipient of a grant of RM20,000 by the National Cancer Society of Malaysia – which won the 2005 NST-Humanitarian of the Year award! The money will be channeled to the 2006 Mammogram Programmes. Thank you National Cancer Society of Malaysia!
|Background information on the CMP|
Organised by the College of Radiology (COR), Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and MMA Foundation Radiology Fund (MMARF)
Made possible by accredited volunteer mammogram providers – providing a value added service that includes adjunct ultrasound and supplementary mammogram views as well as counseling and referral for investigations
Made possible also by volunteer coordinators and breast cancer support groups in the various states in Malaysia
This programme is partly aimed to provide the impetus and model upon which all medical centres can provide specially priced mammograms with breast health counseling. Since 2002, where the first appeal from the CoR went out to the private centres, many medical centres and mammogram providers run special programmes throughout Malaysia to join the efforts to raise breast cancer awareness as well as provision of mammograms at discounted prices.
- The mammogram programme forms part of the 3-prong strategy for breast health and early detection of breast cancer. The CoR continues to provide information to the public via the Breast Health Info Centre on the CoR Website (Radiology Malaysia) and through collaterals including the booklet – Art of Being Breast Aware in 3 languages. These are distributed to its Partners in Prevention, the Malaysian Breast Cancer Council and volunteers as well as support groups throughout Malaysia.
|Maximising the impact of your donations - CoR's Virtual Office|
A virtual office to considerably reduce the administrative, organisational and consumables expenditure has allowed a larger proportion of the funds to be channeled directly to providing the subsidies for mammograms. Internet and e-mail access is mandatory for all the volunteer mammography centres, all our coordinators and collaborators involved in the programme in the various states in Malaysia.
|More detailed reports of the various breast cancer awareness and mammogram programmes:|
Subsidised Mammogram Programme 2004 Report – read it here!
Subsidised Mammogram Programme 2003 Report - Read the report by clicking here.
Subsidised Mammogram Programme 2002 Report – click here for full details
Subsidised Mammogram Programme 2001 Report – read more about it here.
|Thanks to our 2005 Volunteer Mammogram Providers|
1. Diagnostic Imaging Department, Johor Specialist Centre, Johor BahruAnd gracious thanks to all our partners, volunteers, coordinators and supporters of the breast cancer awareness programmes in Johor and Terengganu as well as Kuantan.
2. Diagnostic Imaging Department, Puteri Specialists Hospital, Johor Bahru
3. International Islamic University of Malaysia Breast Centre, Kuantan, Pahang
>>> Subsidised Mammogram Programme 2005 Facts and Figures
“Please don’t stop the subsidised mammogram programme!”
“The CoR Subsidised Mammogram
Programme has been much anticipated in
Johor as previously
many of our ladies had
to go to Singapore or other states in Malaysia for their mammograms. There are many who
were unable to access
the CMP in 2005 and we hope that the College of Radiology will run the programme in 2006 in Johor so that the others can access it at a subsidised rate. There are also those from
2005 who had abnormal mammograms who need a follow up in 2006. We will help to raise funds
to provide the subsidy if funds are inadequate.”
Ms Doris Wee, President of the Breast Cancer Support Group, Johor Bahru and also co-ordinator for the CMP2005 in Johor.
“On 25th August 2004,
I had my first mammogram and it showed I had breast cancer. I had not felt anything in my breasts
at all! I would not have thought about a mammogram if not for the College of Radiology’s breast
cancer awareness programmes and specifically the provision of mammograms at subsidised rates. Fortunately my friend
had heard about it and told me to go for one. I feel this is a good programme for creating awareness and also helping women to
by providing a subsidy. This programme should be ongoing!” - Mdm SL Ang, 57 years old and a retired civil servant.