Breast Aware:

Can­cer screen­ing, sur­gi­cal op­tions and more

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Contents - BY AMY GREEN­BURG Park­way Can­cer Cen­tre park­way­cancer­

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.

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