Breast Cancer - Most Common Cancer Among Women In Singapore

Breast cancer is a deadly and common disease among women in Singapore. Learn more about this type of cancer with our collection of informative articles and resources.

5 Common Questions On Breast Cancer In Singapore

Breast Cancer Symptoms And Screening Options In Singapore

Breast Cancer – Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment

Do Not Let Breast Cancer Stay Undetected – Act Now!

Early detection is crucial. Schedule your comprehensive screening package today, including a tumour marker test or mammography, to ensure peace of mind and protect your health. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear – by then, it could be too late.

Book your comprehensive screening now and stay one step ahead of breast cancer:

Need more options? Explore additional health screening packages on this page.

See A Doctor

If you are looking for a doctor in Singapore for breast cancer screening or treatment, here are some to consider:

Dr Chua Boon Suan EAB


Dr Chua Boon Suan | Preferred Doctor

AsiaMedic Wellness Assessment Centre


Dr Lee Wai Peng | Partner Doctor – Solis Breast Care & Surgery Centre

Dr Melanie Seah – Melanie Seah Breast Specialist

Dr Tan Si Ying – Singapore General Hospital And National Cancer Centre Singapore


Dr Angela Pang – OncoCare Cancer Centre

Dr Karmen Wong – Icon Cancer Center

Prof Lee Soo Chin – National University Cancer Institute Singapore


Dr Lee Kuo Ann – Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

Dr Michelle Tseng Shu Fen – Asian Alliance Radiation & Oncology

Adj A/Prof Koh Wee Yao – National University Cancer Institute Singapore



MediSave can be claimed for Singaporeans aged 50 and above to cover mammogram screening costs. You can use up to S$700 per year from MediSave for patients with complex chronic conditions or $500 per year for those with non-complex chronic conditions. These funds can be drawn from your own MediSave account or from the accounts of approved dependants, which include your spouse, children, parents, grandchildren, and siblings. To use your grandchildren’s or siblings’ MediSave, you must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.

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What are the common symptoms of breast cancer?

Breast cancer symptoms can vary widely, but common signs include a lump in the breast or underarm, changes in the shape or size of the breast, dimpling or puckering of the skin, nipple discharge that is not breast milk, and changes in the appearance of the nipple, such as inversion or pain. It is important to note that not all breast lumps are cancerous, but any noticeable changes should be evaluated by a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis.

What are the risk factors for developing breast cancer?

Several risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer. These include being female, advancing age, a family history of breast cancer, certain genetic mutations (such as BRCA1 and BRCA2), early menstruation or late menopause, a history of radiation exposure to the chest, hormone replacement therapy, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle.

How can breast cancer be detected early?

Early detection of breast cancer significantly increases the chances of successful treatment. Regular screening through mammograms is the most effective method for early detection. Women aged 50 and above are generally recommended to have mammograms every two years, but those with higher risk factors may need to start earlier or screen more frequently. Additionally, self-examinations and clinical breast exams by healthcare professionals can help identify abnormalities that may require further investigation.

What treatment options are available for breast cancer?

Treatment for breast cancer depends on the type and stage of the disease, as well as the patient’s overall health and preferences. Common treatment options include surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy), radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy. Often, a combination of these treatments is used to maximise effectiveness.

Any tips for selecting a doctor for breast cancer treatment?

If you suspect breast cancer or have been diagnosed with it, the choice of a doctor to lead your cancer team will be a crucial decision. You may find these guides useful: (i) Finding The Best Breast Cancer Doctor In Singapore, (ii) Understanding The Different Types Of Oncologists.

Additional Resources

  1. Breast Cancer | Singapore Cancer Society. Available from: https://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg/learn-about-cancer/types-of-cancer/breast-cancer.html
  2. Breast Cancer – Singapore | HealthHub. Available from: https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/diseases-and-conditions/breastcancer
  3. Breast Cancer – Symptoms, Treatments | SingHealth. Available from: https://www.singhealth.com.sg/patient-care/conditions-treatments/breast-cancer
  4. Mammogram | Singapore Cancer Society. Available from https://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg/get-screened/breast-cancer/mammogram.html
  5. Breast Cancer: Am I At Risk? | HealthXchange.sg. Available from: https://www.healthxchange.sg/cancer/breast-cancer/breast-cancer-am-i-at-risk
  6. Breast Cancer Foundation. Available from: https://www.bcf.org.sg/
  7. Breast Cancer | World Health Organization | Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/breast-cancer/
  8. Breast Cancer – Symptoms And Causes | Mayo Clinic. Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/breast-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20352470
  9. Breast Cancer: Symptoms, Types, Causes & Treatment | Cleveland Clinic. Available from: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/3986-breast-cancer
  10. Breast Cancer: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment | WebMD. Available from: https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/understanding-breast-cancer-basics

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