Celebration of 16th Years of YKPI, Linda Gumelar Encourages Men Not to Hesitate to Do Early Detection

Celebration of 16th Years of YKPI, Linda Gumelar Encourages Men Not to Hesitate to Do Early Detection

Entering the age of 16, the Indonesian Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI) led by Linda Agum Gumelar, was committed to continuing to disseminate the importance of early detection of breast cancer to remote areas of the country.

Linda hoped that the higher level of public awareness of the health of her breasts would have a significant impact on the declining rate of advanced breast cancer patients in Indonesia.

“I hope this time it is not only women who conduct early detection, but also men. Because even though it’s still rare, it doesn’t mean that men can’t get breast cancer. So from now on, men should not be shy to make early detection of breast cancer either with BSE or SADANIS, “Linda invited.

Breast cancer in men is still relatively rare. The cases are 100 times less frequent than in women. Even so, Linda said breast cancer in men should not be underestimated.

Based on data from the American Cancer Society, in 2018 an estimated 2,250 cases of breast cancer in men were found and 480 of them are estimated to have died.

Meanwhile, referring to data presented by the Ministry of Health in early 2019, there was a breast cancer rate of 42.1 per 100,000 population with an average death rate of 17 per 100,000 population.

With early detection efforts in women aged 30-50 years, Linda hoped, cancer would be known early too, so that the cost of therapy is not too expensive and the possibility of recovery can reach 90%.

Linda further mentioned that 70 percent of people who did early detection turned out to have advanced-stage breast cancer.

Responding to this matter, Linda  who is a breast cancer survivor said YKPI had prepared several programs to support the government in reducing the incidence of advanced breast cancer.

In addition to socialization on the importance of early detection of breast cancer to various community groups, high school and college students in various regions of Indonesia, YKPI also held TOT on physicians, as well as free mass screening through a mammography mobile unit (UMM) in collaboration with RSK Dharmais.

YMPI UMM is the first and only mammography car in Indonesia. The distance is still very limited because of the condition of the mammography equipment in it that requires special care, so it can only reach the Jakarta and surrounding areas.

Until now, based on YKPI data, 13,264 people have performed mammography at UMM with 1,982 people known to have benign tumors and 208 people who have malignant tumors.

“Certainly the YKPI mammography team consisting of professional medical personnel from Dharmais Hospital will recommend those suspected of having benign or malignant tumors to carry out further clinical examinations at the hospital, so that the cancer can be treated clinically,” Linda continued.

Another YKPI program is cancer patient companion training. Not long ago, YKPI held the training again, carrying a total of 310 assistants during the 5 years of training having been internationally certified by TÜV Rheinland.

These assistants will later help patients and their families to better understand how to deal with the patient’s emotionally unstable condition in order to continue to be enthusiastic about conducting a series of medical treatments.

At the international level, YKPI is active as a member of Reach to Recovery International (RRI) and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), a leading organization based in Geneva, Switzerland with a global civil society network representing nearly 2,000 organizations in 170 countries.

YKPI is aware that efforts to prevent and control breast cancer in Indonesia need to be done by all parties, both the government and the community. For this reason, Linda added, YKPI, which he founded in August 19, 2003 along with other survivors, such as senior artist Rima Melati, Tati Hendropriyono, Andy Endriartono Sutarto and the late oncologist Dr. Sutjipto, always supported the government program and collaborated with various parties in carrying out the program including the private parties.

Entering the 16th year of YKPI’s work for Indonesia, Linda hopes to soon have a chemotherapy car unit, have its own shelter to accommodate more patients, and more people care about breast cancer so they are not afraid and shy to do early detection.

“For that reason, we will not stop giving information about breast cancer and early detection socialization, either directly or through social media channels managed by YKPI,” concluded the former Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection of the United Indonesia Cabinet enthusiastically. Happy birthday to YKPI.

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