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It’s Time To Speak Up


It’s Time To Speak Up

10 Oct 2021
by Stefanie

Cancer has always been a rather traumatizing topic to speak about, let alone speak up about. It gets even more difficult when we are living in a community where cancer is so highly-stigmatized due to our cultural beliefs. Cancer continues to carry this significant amount of stigma as it is only spoken about in hushed whispers ー if any at all ー leading to ridiculous myths and taboos about this disease.

What is the reason behind this?
It is because we are afraid to speak up about our own health and wellbeing. This leads to fear among some members of our community who may intentionally choose not to be educated on this topic, making it seem like it is an issue. We need to change that. It is the 21st century and we need to set an example for the betterment and livelihood of our future generations. We cannot expect a change if we, ourselves do not even attempt to be that change.

When I was 16, I lost my father to cancer. He fought for 3 years and looking back, those were some of the darkest yet ironically, most treasured times of my life. It was an eye-opener as it showed me valuable life lessons and at the end of the day, the importance of being completely aware of our own body. During my college years, I had the opportunity to visit Cancer Research Malaysia ー A non-profit cancer research organization that is committed to tackling the stigma head on. It was very encouraging to see these medical professionals dedicate their lives to ensuring the well being of others.

And that is exactly what Signature Market hopes to achieve through our campaign this year. We want you to create a safe space for you to speak up without any fear of judgement. Know that by being aware and open towards your own physical, mental and spiritual well being, you are empowering others who may be fighting alone. You are the support system that our community needs.