Breast cancer diagnosis – How soon makes a crucial difference
Ella Tan | On 31, Jan 2015
The overweight are more likely to develop tumours. Fat cells produce oestrogen and levels of this cancer-triggering hormone can be twice as high in obese women as those of a healthy weight.
Women are most at risk once they reach the menopause. In the U.K, almost half of new cases occur among those aged 50 to 69.
Delaying treatment affects survival. So, how knowledgeable are Singapore women about breast cancer?
We Ask: Dr Radhika Lakshmanan, Consultant Breast & General Surgeon
She treats both benign and cancerous breast cases. Her sub-specialty is in cancer surgery combined with reconstruction of the breast.
In Singapore, many women are still not very aware or understand the impact of breast cancer.
It is not uncommon for those who are diagnosed with cancer to comment that they did not think it was necessary to consult a doctor when they found a lump as it did not cause them any pain or discomfort.
They think that they will have to be quite sickly to have cancer and as they lead a fairly healthy life, they have nothing to be worried about. The fact is, most times women with breast cancer are fit and well unless they present at an advanced stage when the cancer has spread to the rest of the body.
In Singapore, most are diagnosed at stage II which is considered early breast cancer and treatable. But it is alarming to see about 20-30% of patients presenting as advanced breast cancer.