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 To mark the World No Tobacco Day 2021, Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) collaborated with a team of talented students from ITE College West and produced a music video featuring an ex-smoker Mr Mohanadas Pillai.

The students were participants of SCS Interschool Competition 2019. Although they had not won the competition, their passion for the cause brought forth a meaningful collaboration with SCS through a song dedicated to raise awareness on anti-smoking.

 

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Mr Mohanadas had lost his ability to speak after the onslaught of laryngeal cancer (a form of throat cancer) in 2013 that forced him to have his larynx removed to stop cancer growth. Thankfully, a voice restoration procedure in 2014 allowed him to regain his speech.

However, the ordeal was not without its frustrations as Mr Mohanadas often prayed to get his voice back.

After nearly eight years of arduous speech therapy, he finally mustered the ability to articulate once again. Today he is an active member of the SCS New Voice Club Support Group, a rehabilitation group that renders Speech practice sessions as well as emotional support to patients recovering from some form of laryngeal cancer.

Smoking brings many negative effects to our body and puts us at a higher risk of developing cancer.

For Mr Mohanadas, who regrets not quitting smoking earlier and he hopes his story will likewise deter others from this pick up this harmful habit.

He said: "To other patients, I want to tell them to be brave. Do not give up.

"And to the youth, I want to tell them that uncle Mohan is a living example. Do not expose yourself to the risk - it is not worth it."

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An inspirational reflection from one of our proud graduates of the SCS Help the Children and Youth Programme (HCYP)

 

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SCS Welfare Aid Assistance beneficiary Mr Ng Choon Teck with wife and two sons.
 

 

“My father, Mr Ng Choon Teck, was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer 20 years ago, a cancer of the nose, which then led to a side effect of taking his daily liquid nutrition by a nasogastric tube.  I’m grateful to SCS for all the support that has helped open doors to opportunities, for me, and my family”.

Wen Xiang, a 17-year-old beneficiary of SCS, is effusive of praise when reflecting on the years of support SCS has provided him.  A former student of Nan Chiau High School, Wen Xiang has been a beneficiary of the SCS Tuition Program, SCS Education Financial Assistance Scheme and SCS Achievement Award, since 2017.

“Thanks to the tuition program, I was given additional coaching in Elementary Math and Advanced Math. My tutor even gave me tips and techniques to ace my exams, and spent time outside regular tuition hours to provide life coaching advices. This inspired me to excel in my academics, and I’m very grateful to my SCS tutor.”

As beneficiaries of the SCS Education Financial Assistance Scheme, both Wen Xiang and his older brother receive an allowance for them to support their expenses. While his mother teaches at a tuition center to support the family, the scheme allows both Wen Xiang and his brother to focus on their academic pursuits and continue exploring higher learning opportunities after their GCE ‘A’ Level.  

Currently a student at Raffles Junior College, Wen Xiang has chosen to study Physics, Chemistry, Math and Economics, and in his spare time, he enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, from going to the gym, to rock climbing and running.

 

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Wen Xiang (above, left) recently received the Excellence Award by Albert Ching, CEO, SCS, for outstanding academic results, and in earning a place in Raffles Junior College.  Despite his achievements, he is humble, reflective and appreciative, and shared these words of wisdom to other children or youth who may be experiencing the same challenges.

“My advice and encouragement to anyone facing a situation of a loved one impacted by a life-changing disease, like cancer, is to stay positive. Even if you have a lot of problems, academics are very important. Work hard, and don’t get distracted. Be resilient.”

As a beneficiary of SCS Welfare Aid Assistance, Wen Xiang’s father Mr Ng receives medical supplies such as milk, which helps to mitigate the financial strain and burdens of cancer.  These are part of the many programs to alleviate financial burdens and difficulties of beneficiaries.

Wen Xiang adds, “Most of all, with SCS, you know that you are not alone.  SCS has been a tremendous support to me and my family, in so many ways.  Everyone we have reached out to is very friendly and helpful, catering to our needs. We really appreciate these support. Thank you SCS for all the care and opportunities.”

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Article contributed by volunteer writer Renita Chua.

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Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) would like to thank Nanyang Technological University Cultural Activities Club (NTU CAC) for adopting us through a unique virtual fundraising project.

AFTH Live! was a livestreamed fundraising event that aimed to generate awareness and rally support towards the cancer cause and mental health. The two-day event which took place on 26 and 27 June 2021 held a range of interactive talk shows, performance and workshops to engage audiences from the comfort of their own homes. 

SCS Patient Ambassador Mr Ellil Mathiyan, was invited as a guest speaker to share his story in a dedicated SCS Livestream Talkshow. In his ‘Heart to Heart Talk’ he shared his experiences on beating cancer and his advocacy roles.

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Diploma ITE Category People Choice

 

The fifth annual Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) Interschool Competition finals, which was held on 29 May 2021 virtually, was officiated by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Alvin Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Since its inception in 2016, the Singapore Cancer Society Interschool Competition has provided an opportunity for students to conceptualise and present campaigns on health issues pertaining to lung and cervical cancer specifically touching on topics like tobacco usage and the human papillomavirus (HPV).

This year the competition gathered ITE, Diploma, and Undergraduate students from local institutions to develop campaign videos to tackle specific cancers. Diploma and ITE students focused on “Tobacco and Cancer” while Undergraduates undertook the topic of “HPV and Cervical Cancer”.

“Youth engagement has always been core to our education efforts. With growing cancer incidences in Singapore, SCS strives to upscale cancer outreach programmes (such as education & screening) and upstream cancer prevention work (healthy lifestyle, anti-tobacco and HPV vaccination). Partnering with local institutions, SCS reaches out and expands public education and outreach efforts to instill knowledge and empower youths to step up and join in the fight against cancer. Competitions as such, enables us to harness students’ creativity and create a life-long impact on the future of community engagement,” said Geraldyn Lim, Chief Operating Officer, Singapore Cancer Society.

 

The winning teams were chosen by the following panel of judges:

  • Dr Wong Seng Weng, Medical Director & Consultant Medical Oncologist, The Cancer Centre (Singapore Medical Group)
  • Dr Lim Li Min, Associate Consultant, Division of Gynaecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, National University Hospital, and National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
  • Teo Ya Chih, Deputy Director, Substance Abuse & Preventive Health Programmes, Health Promotion Board
  • Adrian Kang, Youth change makers – curator, National Youth Council
  • Anand A.Vathiyar, Managing Director Cheil, Singapore

Winners of the competition will be also given the opportunity to execute their campaign with SCS.

The winners of the SCS Interschool Competition 2021 are:

Diploma ITE Category People Choice

Diploma/ITE Category People Choice’s award: Melody Goh and Yuvaraj S/O Sivarajan from ITE College West

Diploma ITE Category Overall Winner

Diploma/ITE Category Overall Winner: Latisha Sonia, Budimann Hakeem Bin Mohamed Amin and Gajeto Alyssa from Republic Polytechnic

Undergraduate Category People Choice

Undergraduate Category People Choice’s award: Kenneth Mah, Yan Pei Ling and Yew Chin Ning from Singapore Institute of Technology

𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿

𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿Yasmin Raine ZA, Dalilah Binte Abu Bakar and Aubrey Ong Sze Min
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Congratulations to all winners and we look forward to all the institutions support again for 2022 edition.

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Coping with Fear and Anxiety

Ladies from the SCS Bishana Ladies Support Group attended a workshop that equips them with some problem-solving strategies to cope with everyday challenges. Cancer is a chronic disease often associated with uncertainty. This leads to feelings of fear and anxiety in many. This workshop guided our members on how to face and overcome such challenges in different ways. The workshop, ‘Be Confident, Be Positive, Be Proactive’, was conducted by Li Lian Tang, SCS Senior Occupational Therapist, and saw about participation from 24 members.

 

Healthy Sexual Life Post-Cancer

Dr Martha Tara Lee, Resident Sexologist, Singapore Cancer Society conducted a talk on ‘Sexual Health Post-Ostomy: Maintaining Healthy Sexual Life’.  She addressed commonly asked questions around sexuality post-ostomy, including what to do about low sexual drive, painful sex and sexual communication with one’s partner. The session provided our members from the SCS SemiColons Support Group with practical and useful tips that can be applied in a sex-positive and compassionate way. One of the members commented, “Although this is a relevant and an important topic for cancer survivors, many may not be too open to discuss. Thanks to SCS for the outreach efforts and creating a conducive platform for us to share”.

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