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.

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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 ...

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