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Cancer is a leading cause of death in Singapore, according to the Ministry of Health. However, cancer need not be something to be feared. Survival rates are quite high for certain types of cancers, especially when detected early.
With breast cancer, early detection through screening improves the chances of survival, making it one of the most treatable cancers, says Dr Ong Kong Wee. He shared that the mammogram is the most reliable screening tool for breast cancer.
With early detection and diagnosis, along with wider public awareness and better treatment methods, three out of four breast cancers are now discovered at an early stage. Apart from improving the chances of survival, patients with early cancers are also suitable for shorter and more tolerable treatment options.
Excerpt from article published on 5 Oct 2022, The Straits Times.