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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease.

Health Facts:

  1. Breast cancer accounts for 3 in 10 cancer cases for women
  2. The most common cancers among women in the world
  3. Number 1 cancer death among Singapore women

Symptoms:

  • Lumps that can be felt
  • Rashes or crusting
  • Nipple discharge
  • Skin irritation or dimpling

Detection:  Breast cancer is usually detected through mammogram or breast ultrasound.

Women who need further testing for a breast lump may be sent for an ultrasound and it is use for the following reason:

  • Determines if the lump is solid or is a cyst.
  • Assess the cause of breast symptoms such as lump, swelling, breast pain.
  • Provides additional information to other test such as a mammogram or breast MRI.
  • Helps guide the placement of needles for procedures such as biopsy.