Medan, 26 October 2019 - PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (Kalbe) through Kalbe Ethical Customer Care (KECC) and Indonesia Cancer Care Community (ICCC) today commemorates the Breast Cancer Awareness Month which was attended by approximately 350 people who were patients, survivors, families and observers of breast cancer at the Koki Palace, Medan. This activity was filled with health checks which included blood sugar checks at the time and tension, workout and talk show with the theme Pink Power We Are Stronger Together with speakers DR. dr. Kamal Basri Siregar, Sp.B (K) Onk from Adam Malik Hospital and Dr. Riahsyah Damanik, Sp.B (K) Onk from Santa Elisabeth General Hospital.
“Kalbe will continue to realize its commitment to public health, especially for breast cancer patients. We continue to encourage breast cancer patients not to despair and remain active,” said Selvinna, Marketing Manager of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk. “Many women are yet to care about efforts to prevent breast cancer because they feel healthy. When in fact this deadly disease is asymptomatic at all in the initial stages,” continued Selvinna.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is commemorated around the world every October, and the activity is aiming to help increase attention and support for awareness, early detection and treatment and palliative care of breast cancer. The talk show, hosted by DR. dr. Kamal Basri Siregar, Sp.B (K) Onk and Dr. Riahsyah Damanik, will discuss what are the symptoms of cancer and how do we make the right decision to handle it.
According to data taken from the 2018 Global Cancer Observatory from the World Health Organization (WHO), it shows that the most common cancer cases in Indonesia are breast cancer, with 58,256 cases or 16.7% of the total 348,809 cancer cases. The Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) states that the high rate of breast cancer in Indonesia reaches 42.1 people per 100,000 populations with an average death rate from cancer reaching 17 people per 100,000 populations. Seeing these data, prevention efforts are needed in the form of early detection for women aged 30-50 years, in order to minimize the occurrence of breast cancer in women, especially in Indonesia.
Kalbe Ethical Customer Care (KECC) at a glance
Kalbe Ethical Customer Care or KECC is a forum devoted to providing information and education to the public about overall health. KECC tries to make people aware of and care about the importance of health. In addition, the public is also invited to always in the know and do prevention and treatment of diseases, especially degenerative or chronic diseases. In each of its activities, KECC also conducts various examinations for participants such as bone density, blood sugar, blood pressure, and others.
Kalbe at a glance
PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (“Kalbe”) was established in 1966 and is one of the largest listed pharmaceutical companies in Southeast Asia. Kalbe has four main divisions that handle a reliable and diverse brand portfolio; prescription drug division (Cefspan, Brainact, Broadced, etc.); OTC drugs (Woods, Promag, Mixagrip, Komix, Fatigon, etc.) and health drinks (Hydro Coco, Extra Joss, Nitros); nutrition division (ChilKid, Prenagen, Diabetasol, etc.); and distribution division. Kalbe now has more than 35 subsidiaries, 10 production facilities with international standards, and employs more than 17,000 employees, spread in more than 72 branches throughout Indonesia. Since 1991, Kalbe is listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX: KLBF).