Options for Breast Cancer Screening
Mammography Breast Cancer Screening
Mammography is today the most reliable way of breast cancer screening in Singapore. Women aged 40 – 49 are recommended to go for mammography screening once a year, and women above 50 should go for one once every 2 years.
DIY Breast Self-Examination
In addition to mammography where in situations where it is recommended, women are encouraged to also perform DIY breast self-examinations monthly. The Singapore Cancer Society suggests a simple 3-step procedure:
Step 1: Look
Put your hands on your hips and look out for changes in breast shape, skin surface and nipple abnormalities. Raise your arms above your head to look for changes (especially dimples) on the underside of your breast.
Step 2: Touch
Touch and feel your breast using your middle 3 fingers, moving in a circular motion from outer area towards the nipple. Gently squeeze your nipple to check for any discharge.
Repeat this step for your other breast
Step 3: Check
Check for lumps by examining your entire breast from your armpit to your cleavage with different pressure.
Repeat this step for your other breast.
Consult A Doctor If Symptoms Of Breast Cancer Are Experienced
While the symptoms of breast cancer might also possibly be caused by other medical conditions, patients are nonetheless advised to consult a doctor for a diagnosis if any of them are detected. As is the case for other forms of cancer, early detection and treatment can save lives.
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This article is informative only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.