Road to recovery

Support programme helps patients and survivors overcome hardships

Thursday, 9 October, 2008, 12:00am

Younger Asian women also vulnerable

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Hong Kong - and research shows that Asian women are more likely to be genetically predisposed to the disease. Despite the growing number of new cases, advanced technology has prevented the mortality rate from rising.

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

What's in it? Eugenol

What is it? A clear to pale yellow oily liquid extracted from the essential oils of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and bay leaves.

Other names it goes by Allylguaiacol, caryophyllic acid, eugenic acid, 1-allyl-4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzene.

What's it used in? Fragrances, moisturisers, hair colourants, cleansers, sunscreens, medicines.

2 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Author's witty account of his battle

When John Diamond, a British radio presenter and columnist for The Times in London, died in 2001, he not only left behind his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, and his two children, but also an unforgettable, honest and funny account of his experience of having throat cancer.

18 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

What's in it? Hydroquinone

What's it used in? Fragrances, hair dyes, skin-bleaching and anti-ageing products.

What does it do? In cosmetics, it's used to bleach skin colour. It is also used to develop photographs and as a raw material in herbicides and dyes.

Any controversy? Deemed a health hazard - studies have linked it to cancer and reproductive problems.

12 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

What's in it? Pullulan

What's it used in? An edible and mostly tasteless polymer produced from starch, pullulan is found in breath fresheners and oral hygiene products such as mouthwash, tooth whiteners and lipstick.

What does it do? It's used to bind ingredients together.

13 May 2008 - 12:00am

From the edge

A long strip of graffiti runs along the bottom of two walls flanking the entrance of Art Projects, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery's second space inside a Chai Wan industrial building.

11 May 2008 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Breast cancer risk rises with booze ...

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Friends in need

Shanghai real estate executive Immanuel Wang's efforts two years ago to seek medical advice on treating his mother's lung cancer were painful. No matter which doctors he went to or how long he waited for an appointment, no one could spare him more than 10 minutes.

'A doctor often has to see about 40 patients in a morning. He just can't spend much time on you,' he says.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Soy foods guard against breast cancer

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Design for a good cause

When 22-year-old Chan Ka-lai created a T-shirt for a campaign to raise public awareness of cervical cancer, he never thought his design would be chosen and mass-produced.

'I am very happy that my design will be worn by people on the street,' said Mr Chan, adding that he was very honoured to make a contribution to the campaign.

10 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Anti-Cancer Society faces funding crunch

The Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society may have to suspend its operations for three months this year because its funding is running low.

The society, founded in February 2006, had reserves of less than HK$2 million, its chairman, former Hospital Authority deputy director Ko Wing-man, said.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Hope for chronic pain sufferers

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


Awareness of breast cancer sadly lacking

I refer to the report ('Lack of awareness on breast cancer shocks university researcher', January 12).

19 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Society inspires 'little warriors' across the border to fight cancer

The Little Life Warrior Society, a mutual aid organisation for children with cancer, is inspiring mainland hospitals to give more courage and confidence to the young patients in their battle for life.

30 Dec 2007 - 12:00am