Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer amongst women in Singapore, and according to statistics from the Singapore Cancer Registry, one in 14 women will develop breast cancer before the age of 75. And while breast cancer typically occurs in women who are 45 and above, it can also affect women in their 20s and 30s.
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The good news is, early detection can increase the chances of survival. And while most of us are aware of this, a study amongst 1,005 women in Singapore done by the Breast Cancer Foundation found that only two in five women below the age of 45 perform any form of breast check – be it a self-examination or a medical check at the doctor’s.
According to experts, we – meaning women in their 20s and 30s – should be doing a Breast Self Examination (BSE) once every month. It should be done seven to ten days after the start of your period.
So here’s what should you be looking out for during these BSEs:
- Any lumps, swelling, or thickening
- Changes in the size and shape of your breast
- Changes in the color or skin of your breast, areola, or nipple
- Redness or rashes
- Changes in the nipple, like inversion or retraction
- Nipple discharge or blood
Not sure how to do a BSE? Here’s a video guide:
Now you know. No more excuses not to feel your breasts!