(Bersatu Melawan Kanker Serviks dan Payudara)
SCORA CIMSA UPH
Many patients in Indonesia are diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer. However, they are unaware of their condition or even if they are, they are usually diagnosed at a very late stage of cancer. Due to the late diagnoses, it is often hard for people to get the medical attention they need. The awareness of breast and cervical cancer in Indonesia’s citizens is still poor, especially women.
In honor of breast cancer awareness month in October, SCORA Universitas Pelita Harapan held an event called BERKARYA on Sunday, October 27, 2019. SCORA Universitas Pelita Harapan did not work alone. We collaborated with Yayasan Kanker Indonesia. BERKARYA stands for Bersatu Melawan Kanker Serviks dan Payudara. This event was meant to focus on women in Indonesia since we are talking about the organs that are available in women and that women are more at risk to be diagnosed with breast and cervix cancer. The event was held in a Puskesmas in Tangerang. Before we started with the event, the head of this event gave out a speech about the event itself. In hopes to raise awareness of breast and cervical cancer, dr. Karla Kurnia from Yayasan Kanker Indonesia spoke about SADARI and SADANIS to remind women to check for abnormalities by themselves. SADARI and SADANIS are a few ways women can detect abnormalities around their breasts to see if they could have breast cancer or not. SADARI itself stands for Pemeriksaan Payudara Sendiri and SADANIS stands for Pemeriksaan Payudara Klinis. This is done to provide women with information about themselves and when they should check their breasts so that they are aware of what is going on in their own bodies.
Around 15 people came to the event on Sunday. They were enthusiastic about the topic. People who came to the event were also put into small groups so that they can discuss the materials that were given to them during the seminar and to ask questions if they were still puzzled by what dr. Karla Kurnia said during the seminar. Then, there was a seminar given by dr Karla Kurnia. SCORA also gave a free IVA test that was facilitated by dr. Mitha, dr. Felicia and dr. Nathania. The IVA test and the results were great. Around 9 people took the test and all results came back negative for any symptoms of cervical cancer. After their check-up, they can go home.
SCORA CIMSA UPH hopes that this event will raise awareness in women about breast and cervical cancer. Next to it, we also hope that the education they got is not only for new knowledge but to be practiced and done to check their own bodies for precautions.