July 25, 2024

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Pinktober Explorace in Conjunction with Cancer and Infectious Diseases Research Group (CAID) Breast Cancer Awareness 2023

Last October, 19 students participated in the Breast Cancer Awareness Explorace, organized by the Cancer and Infectious Disease Research Group (CAID) from the Faculty of Science. The event was led by Dr. Praseetha Prabhakaran and aimed to raise awareness about breast cancer. Along with ten facilitator students from SMK Taman Universiti, the participants engaged in interactive sessions covering topics such as genetic and family history risks, common symptoms, and potential treatment options for different types of breast cancer. The facilitator students won first place in the Explorace game last year.

Picture on the left – Joanna (14 years old) acts as Chief Facilitator and does a briefing to each of the participants. Picture on the right – Participants work in groups to complete the watercolour maze containing the last clue to complete their Pinktober Explorace 2023.

During the event, 16-year-old Nuramirah shared her excitement, expressing, “The games were thrilling, and I’m glad that I was a part of it.” Another participant, 16-year-old Batrisyia, agreed and added, “I’m proud to have participated in this adventurous event and I can’t wait to join again next year!” Meanwhile, Joanna, a 14-year-old student facilitator, highlighted the importance of hosting such events annually, emphasizing her newfound awareness of breast cancer risks.

The explorace was supervised by two lecturers from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Dr. Farah Hanis Juhari and Dr. Mohd Aizuddin Mohd Lazadin. They were assisted by six undergraduate students from the Department of Biosciences. The school event also included a talk on breast cancer and free breast examinations by Dr. Nor Amilia Farahin Abu Bakar from the Klinik Kesihatan Taman Universiti.

Dr. Farah Hanis and Dr. Mohd Aizuddin (middle) together with all participants and student’s facilitator in a group photo session after the end of the Pinktober Explorace 2023.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shafinaz Shahir, Dean of the Faculty of Science (Second row, fifth from the left), accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alina Wagiran, Director of the Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Science (Second row, sixth from the left), together with all Pinktober Explorace participants, teachers from SMK Taman Universiti, nurses from Klinik Kesihatan Taman Universiti and Taskforce for the CAID Breast Cancer Awareness 2023 during the Pinktober Explorace and Awareness Talk at SMK Taman Universiti 2023.

In addition to the Pinktober event, several other exciting activities were held throughout October. Dr. Siti Aishah MD Yunos gave a Menopause awareness webinar, and the Biosciences department hosted an ‘outfit-of-the-day’ (OOTD) competition, which added vibrant shades of pink to the festive atmosphere.

Live stream webinar by Dr Siti Aisyah Md Yunos, titled “Atasi Masalah Hormon 45-an Keatas”.
Whole-hearted students and lecturers from the Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Science wear pink and black to demonstrate support for all Breast Cancer survivors and fighters worldwide. This event also marks the end of CAID Breast Cancer Awareness 2023.


Prepared by Dr. Farah Hanis Juhari and Dr. Mohd Aizuddin Mohd Lazaldin

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