Farida underwent follow-up treatment, surgery, and chemotherapy, with the full support of her family. It was a tough decision, but the desire to recover and the moral support from Farida’s family helped elevate her fears and worries. Based on her experience, Farida realized the importance of both breast self-examination clinical breast examination. “I am grateful to be able to participate in free breast screening through the program held by Philips Foundation and Lovepink. I realized the importance of breast examinations. If it weren’t for me doing these two early interventions, I wouldn’t have known I had breast cancer, potentially to this day. Therefore, I urge and encourage all women to do breast self-examinations and dare to continue doing clinical examinations because, as the saying goes: the sooner, the better,” explained Farida.
Data from Globocan 2020 showed that breast cancer tops the list of new cases among the incidence of cancer as well as all other non-communicable diseases. Therefore, Philips Foundation has continued to encourage Indonesian women to undergo breast self-examinations.
“Philips Foundation is committed to support the establishment of innovative healthcare solutions to address health issues where essential resources are not available. We are very pleased to see that we made a great impact in our collaborations with Lovepink and Docquity. We will continue to engage in early intervention activities, especially for underserved communities in Indonesia,” says Margot Cooijmans, Director of the Philips Foundation.
Pim Preesman, President Director of Philips Indonesia, said, “As a health technology company, Philips encourages women to undergo regular screening and consult a doctor to spot the signs of breast cancer. Philips is committed to always providing advanced solutions to support medical professionals in detecting breast cancer and helping to provide a better diagnosis. This way, the care provided is following the patient’s needs.”