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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, a newly inverted nipple, or a red or scaly patch of skin.

Risk factors for breast cancer

  • Obesity
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Hormone replacement therapy during menopause
  • Radiation
  • Early age at first menstruation
  • Having children late or not at all
  • Older age
  • Family history of breast cancer

Diagnosis of breast cancer

The diagnosis of breast cancer is confirmed by taking a biopsy of the concerning lump. Once the diagnosis is made, further tests are done to determine if the cancer has spread beyond the breast and which treatments are most likely to be effective.

Breast cancer treatment

In those who have been diagnosed with cancer, a number of treatments may be used, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy.

Types of surgery vary from breast-conserving surgery to mastectomy. Breast reconstruction may take place at the time of surgery or at a later date.

In those in whom the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, treatments are mostly aimed at improving quality of life and comfort.

If You Have A Family History Of Breast Cancer, Should You Go For A Prophylactic Mastectomy?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Singaporean women. More than 29% of all cancers diagnosed in women are breast cancers. 

Studies have shown that your breast cancer risk is higher if you have a first-degree or multiple relatives with breast cancer. 

In hopes of avoiding future disease, a DxD reader with a strong family history of breast cancer wanted to know if she should go for a prophylactic mastectomy even though she has not been diagnosed with breast cancer. She shared that her mother and two of her aunts had the disease. 

Dr Evan Woo, a plastic surgeon who is noted for his specialisation in breast cancer surgery and reconstruction shared his professional advice

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Breast Reconstruction Benefits Breast Cancer Patients; This S'porean Plastic Surgeon Explains

Breast reconstruction procedures in Singapore weren't very popular in the past due to a variety of reasons. However, as the number of women in the country diagnosed with breast cancer rises, many are beginning to opt for the surgery in order to improve their lives after mastectomies.

According to an accredited plastic surgeon, Dr Christopher Chui, breast reconstruction is an integral part of breast cancer management. The aim with this surgery is to restore the natural form of patients' breasts after mastectomies.

He wrote a very detailed guide on DxD covering what to expect from breast reconstruction surgery in Singapore. Here are some of the key takeaways.

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I am sorry to hear that you have been feeling these symptoms for almost an entire month. There can be many different causes of soreness in your breasts. The cause will also then depend on many different factors in your life such as whether you are breast feeding, on any hormonal ...
28 Dec 2018
Dear Linly, I would strongly suggest genetic counselling and getting yourself checked for hereditary breast cancer based on your family history. But before that I usually advise that my patients have medical and hospitalisation insurance sorted for yourself and your family member...
16 Nov 2018

The Complete Guide To Seeing A Breast Surgeon In Singapore (2018)

Breast cancer has consistently accounted for the greatest number of deaths among all cancers diagnosed in women. It accounts for 1 in 3 cancers in women. However, when you google “breast surgeon Singapore”, you’ll be hard pressed to find helpful and educational information on this field in Singapore.

Therefore, as a specialist surgeon with more than 10 years of experience, I’ve decided to write this article. I want to help anyone who is seeking a breast surgeon.

It provides an overview of topics such as:

  • When you need to see a breast surgeon
  • The ‘different types’ of breast surgeons in Singapore
  • How to find the best breast surgeon for yourself
  • The cost of seeing a breast surgeon in Singapore
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Hi Clara, the causes of cancer are multi-factorial. For example, the following factors all play a role: Family history/genetics Lifestyle factors such as die and exercise Body weight Smoking and alcohol Sleep habits Exposure to environmental cancer-causing chemi...
23 May 2018
Hi Beauty, First and foremost, I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis of breast cancer and I hope you are recovering well from your surgery. In the treatment of any cancer, it is always important to consider the stage of the tumour (how advanced it is, how much it has spread...
26 Jan 2018
Dear Harini, Protopic 0.1% ointment is a non steroid ointment that has anti-inflammatory effects of steroids. The advantage is that it does not cause skin thinning and atrophy which is associated with steroid use. The concern of cancer and protopic ointment arises from the 'bl...
22 Jul 2018

A Plastic Surgeon’s Complete Guide To Breast Reconstruction In Singapore (2018)

Breast reconstruction is an important part of breast cancer management. In the past, not many Singaporean patients were keen on breast reconstruction due to a variety of reasons.

However, over the last decade, there’s been an increased number of patients choosing to go for breast reconstruction surgery. 

In this post, I will address the most important things you need to know about breast reconstruction. 

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Ask Dr Radhika Lakshmanan: Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Singaporean women. According a report from the Singapore Cancer Registry, breast cancer constituted 29.4% per cent of all cancers among women between 2008 and 2012. 

Research has uncovered many risk factors associated with breast cancer, helping doctors to provide a fairly good estimate of a woman's risk of breast cancer.

For example, a lady who is aged 40 years and above, with a first degree relative (i.e. sister, mother or maternal grandmother) who has breast cancer is at a high risk of getting breast cancer.

Early detection can save lives. Learn more from Dr Radhika, an experienced breast surgeon as she host a QnA session where she answers questions on breast cancer. 

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