BMedSc (Hons) graduate wins ‘Best Oral Presentation’

July 2019

Dr Chai Xin Ying, Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) graduate from Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has won the ‘Best Oral Presentation’ at the Johor Surgical Conference held on 12 to 14 July.

Supervised by Associate Professor Anil Gandhi and Dr Najnin Ahmed, Dr Chai impressed the panel of judges and audience with her research project, 'Density of Breast; An Independent Risk Factor for Developing Breast Cancer: A Prospective Study of Patients Presenting to Breast Clinic in Hospital Sultanah Aminah and Hospital Sultan Ismail Johor Bahru'.

According to Dr Chai, breast density is commonly mistaken as the size of the breast when it actually means the ratio of the fibroglandular tissue over fat in the breast.

It has been postulated that breast density plays an important role in the development of breast cancer. In Malaysia, breast cancer is the most common cancer among females, with an estimated 1 in 30 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime.

Since it is a modifiable risk factor and by simple intervention, it would reduce the relative risk of breast cancer by 63%, which prompted Dr Chai and her supervisors to investigate breast density as an independent risk factor in developing breast cancer among Malaysian women.

The research has been monumental, marking a collaborative project with two main public hospitals in Johor Bahru: Hospital Sultanah Aminah and Hospital Sultan Ismail Johor Bahru.

Dr Chai also emerged victorious competing against senior doctors and postgraduate scholars for the category when she bagged the award.

“I felt encouraged that our work was appreciated when I received the ‘Best Oral Presentation’ award,” she shared.

“I would like to give credit to my supervisors for guiding me and preparing me for the presentation, as well as the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) program run by Jeffery Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, which is interesting and useful for my future career.”