Cancer screening, surgical options and more
According to DR KHOO KEI SIONG, Deputy Director and Senior Consultant at Parkway Cancer Centre, the exact risk factors for breast cancer are not always clear. “The triggering factors of this cancer are unknown. It could be attributed to a family history of breast cancer, early menarche or other possible factors. As it is difficult to ascertain, any one of us can be at risk, especially when we’re aged 40 and above,” he says. “While the factors are unknown, a complete cure is possible with early detection through regular breast checks.”
Breast self-exams, says Dr Khoo, remain a key breast cancer detection method and should be done monthly. According to John Hopkins Medicine, 40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so getting in the habit of doing a regular breast self-exam is crucial. Breast self-examination can also be performed even when you’re pregnant, breast-feeding or have breast implants.
In addition to self- exams, Dr Khoo says women aged 40 and above are encouraged to go for yearly mammogram screenings, while women aged 50 and above are urged to get mammograms every two years.