THE SOUR TRUTH
Recent findings show that Asian women are being diagnosed with breast cancer at an even younger age, but all is not lost as more literature and technology are available than ever before.
When Worldwide Breast Cancer recently shared an image of a carton of a dozen lemons, each with a different irregularity from dimpling to growing veins, it went viral. All part of the #KnowYourLemons campaign to highlight what breast cancer can look and feel like, the image hit a chord with individuals who recognised similar symptoms that prompted a proper examination, upon which cancer was detected in some cases and treatment was able to be administered successfully.
Worrying, considering that recent findings from the Lancet Oncology Commission found that the peak age of breast cancer is about 10 years younger in Asia, compared to that of Western countries. What this means is that while breast cancer was once a concern for those in their 50s and above, breast cancer is now being detected at an even younger age in Asian women. In Malaysia, for example, the 2016 report Breast Cancer in Asia: The Challenge and Response noted that the age-standardised rate of incidence is 38.7, compared to in Australia, where it is 86.
Alarming, yes, but fortunately awareness, early detection. and regular screenings play a role in preventing the cancer from spreading. After all, when life gives you lemons, you just know what to do ...