Film sharing breast cancer survivor stories to screen


TAIPEI–A film on how 500 breast cancer survivors promoted the importance of screening and early detection will be shown on Sunday in Taipei to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

The 30-minute film documents about 600 awareness-raising activities the survivors organized between 2009 and 2011, said Lin Wei-chieh, secretary-general of the Taiwan Breast Cancer Alliance (TBCA), the event’s organizer.

“These women traveled to the suburbs and countryside to share their own experiences with those who have little access to such information,” she said, adding that the response and feedback were very positive.

However, Lin, a breast cancer survivor, said that more work needs to be done to raise the public’s knowledge about the disease.

For example, only one in five people know that breast cancer is treated by surgeons and oncologists rather than general gynecologists, she said, citing a survey her organization conducted over the past three years.

“Knowing who to go to when you feel a lump is important because it could save you from delays in getting proper medical treatment,” she told the CNA.