Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in Singapore. Breast cancer happens when there are abnormal growths in a woman’s breast cells. These cancer cells divide more rapidly than healthy cells, which then result in the formation of a lump or a mass. Most breast cancer patients are older women aged 40 and above.
Main risk factors include age and family history. Other risk factors include girls with earlier menstruation usually before the age of 12, late childbearing and late menopause.
For a detailed assessment of one’s risk factors, however, it is best to speak to a breast cancer doctor in Singapore for personalized advice and management plan.
Timely screening with a Singapore breast surgeon is the best way to detect and treat early signs of breast cancer.
Besides regular breast self-examination, a variety of non-surgical tests are available to detect the onset of breast cancer. These tests can assess the extent and nature of the mass, aiding in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer:
Surgery is the primary treatment for breast cancer which aims for the removal of the main tumour, as much as possible. There are several types of breast cancer surgery, and your Singapore breast cancer doctor will determine the most suitable breast cancer treatment based on the type of breast cancer, its stage and size. Your Singapore breast surgeon will also determine if it is possible to conserve or reconstruct the breast after surgery.
Breast cancer surgery is done in an accredited operating theatre under general anaesthesia. The breast surgeon will create an incision in the breast to remove the cancerous tumour(s) or the entire breast tissue. This may also involve the removal of one or more lymph nodes to determine if breast cancer has spread to the underarm. The surgeon then closes the incision, leaving behind minimal scarring as far as possible.
As with all cancers, early detection of breast cancer in its early stages yields a more promising outcome. At Maven Surgery, our Singapore breast surgeon Dr Chong Chee Keong specialises in breast cancer treatment including breast surgery in Singapore, and placing the patient’s needs and wellbeing as a priority. Contact Dr Chong at 6355 5285 for a comprehensive consultation today.