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Let’s Talk Breast Cancer – Risk, Early Detection and Treatment

#1 Cancer for Women

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, including Singapore. In fact, breast cancer accounts for about one in three cancers diagnosed among women in Singapore. Early detection is key in the successful treatment of breast cancer, and the Singapore government has established recommended screening guidelines to help identify breast cancer at an early stage.

Breast screening is a must 40 years old and above

The recommended screening guidelines for breast cancer in Singapore suggest that women aged 40 and above should undergo a mammogram every two years. However, if you have a family history of breast cancer, you should consult your doctor and consider starting screening earlier. Breast self-examination is also recommended, and women should consult their doctor if they notice any changes or abnormalities in their breasts.

Higher risk for breast cancer

Breast cancer screening is important for all women, but some women are at higher risk and should be particularly vigilant. Women who have a family history of breast cancer, particularly if the cancer occurred at a young age or in multiple family members, are at higher risk and should discuss their screening options with their doctor. Women who have a history of radiation therapy to the chest area or have had certain types of benign breast lumps are also at higher risk and should discuss screening options with their doctor.

Healthy breasts = healthy body

In addition to screening, there are steps that women can take to help keep their breasts healthy:

Maintaining a healthy weight,

exercising regularly,

limiting alcohol consumption, and

not smoking are all lifestyle factors that can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Women should also perform regular breast self-exams and report any changes or abnormalities to their doctor.

What to do when breast cancer is detected

If breast cancer is detected, there are several treatment options available in Singapore, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. The specific treatment options will depend on the stage and type of breast cancer, as well as the individual patient’s health and preferences. It is important to discuss treatment options with a healthcare professional and make an informed decision about the best course of action.

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