According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) data, breast cancer remains to be one of the top 10 leading causes of death among Indonesian women. Screening tests enable earlier detection and treatment for breast cancer. Various examinations, which include clinical breast examination, mammography and MRI are available widely available in Singapore.
A clinical breast examination is conducted by a health care professional. Your breasts are felt and checked for the presence of any unusual changes. Women are advised to undergo clinical breast examinations at least once a year.
Meanwhile, a mammogram is an x-ray of your breasts. It is the most common tool used for screening of breast cancer and is utilized to identify small masses before they become evident. According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force, women from 50 to 74 years old are recommended to undergo mammograms for breast cancer screening every two years.
Another alternative screening test for breast cancer is magnetic resonance imaging or MRI. An MRI is used for women who are at a higher risk for the development of breast cancer, specifically those with BRCA gene mutations, those with certain genetic syndromes, or those with a history of breast cancer in the family.
Many health centers in Singapore offer state-of-the-art technology for breast cancer screening. A multidisciplinary team composed of different specialists will gladly aid you during the screening process.