YKPI: Awareness of Checking Breast Cancer is Still Low

YKPI: Awareness of Checking Breast Cancer is Still Low

Jakarta – Public awareness of breast cancer is still minimal. The proof, according to the Chairperson of the Indonesian Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI) Linda Agum Gumelar, 70 percent of patients who went to see a doctor, were at an advanced stage.

Of course this makes it difficult for the healing process, she added. The reason is that the earlier breast cancer is detected, the higher the life expectancy.

“There are people in the community who already understand (must be examined) but don’t dare to. Worry and fear. Even if it is found in the early stages, life expectancy is still high. It’s different if it’s already rotten because it’s constantly being delayed,” Linda said at the 15th anniversary of YKPI in Panglima Polim, South Jakarta.

A similar statement was also expressed by the oncologist Dr. I Made Christian Binekada, M.Repro, Sp.B (K) Onk. The low level of public awareness to see a doctor is indicated by the preference of alternative or herbal medicine.

According to Christian, that could not be separated from the mindset of the local community. They assume as if alternative medicine is more guaranteed rather than spending expensive fees to see a doctor.

“Eventually medical treatment became the second line. Non-medical treatment is the first line. So now how to change that paradigm with the presence of companions, volunteers and clinicians to break through such traditions,” Christian said.

By 2030, Get Free from Advanced Stage Breast Cancer

By checking early to the doctor, Linda has high hopes that Indonesia will be free from advanced breast cancer patients by 2030.

The trick is by checking your own breasts (Sadari) or check the breasts medically (Sadanis) to detect lumps.

“Be aware of the initial entry to detect a breast cancer abnormality,” explained Linda.

Linda also appealed to the public to use access to free mammography examinations held by the YKPI Mammography Car Unit (UMM). The program, to date has examined more than 10,000 patients.

“From 2016-2018 examinations, 14.7 percent were suspected of being benign, 2.7 percent were malignant,” she said.

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