Early Detection of Cancer Saves Lives!

As women, as you age you are prone to be at risk to get cancer. That is not something new to us the ladies.

Early detection saves lives. Screening test help individuals detect cancer before any symptoms develop.

Do You Know?

- 39% from 11,952 new cases among women were breast cancer, with a similar percentage in each of the major ethnic groups: Malay (42.5%) Chinese (38.9%) and Indians (37.8%). 

- In 2007 the average age rate for females was 30.4 per 100,000 women.

- By comparison, they were 286 men with breast cancer with an average rate of 1.2 per 100,000 men.

Who is at Risk? 

 All women above 20 are at risk of developing breast cancer. A number of risk factors have been identified such as:
- Age: 70% of breast cancer occurs in women ages 40 and above
- Family history of breast cancer
- Early menstruation (before age 12) or late menopause (after age 50) 
-Never having a full-term pregnancy
-Giving birth after the age of 30
- High fat diet
- Low fibre diet
- Being obese in postmenopausal years
Excessive alcohol consumptions

How to Prevent?
It starts from the age of 9 to age 50 onwards.

Age 9 onwards:
HPV Vaccination is important to prevent cervical vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancer.

Age 18 onwards:
Breast self-examination every month

Age 21 onwards: 
Cervical cancer screening: Pap smear and HPV test every 2-3 years even if you have had your HPV vaccination

Age 40 onwards:
Breast cancer screening: mammogram every 1-2 years

Age 50 onwards:
Colorectal cancer screening. Talk to your doctor about which test suits you the most.

For more information:
Call their toll free helpline 1800-08-1000

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