August 24, 2018
is the leading cancer affecting women in Malaysia and studies show one in 19 women will develop this dreaded disease in their lifetime.
Men can also develop breast cancer, although incidences are rare. It is possible to diagnose breast cancer at an early stage. The early detection of cancer greatly increases the chances of successful treatment.
Women who are over the age of 50 are at greater risk.
|Personal History of Breast Cancer||
Patients who have previously been diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast are more likely to develop the cancer in the other breast.
|Personal History of Ovarian Cancer||
Because ovarian cancer is associated with hormone use, a history of ovarian cancer increases the risk of breast cancer.
|Family History of Breast Cancer||
The risk of developing breast cancer is higher if there is a family history of breast cancer.
|BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation||
Mutations of these genes are associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
|Exposure to the Hormone Estrogen||
The female sex hormone estrogen induces female characteristics. Extended exposure to estrogen can increase the risk of breast cancer.
Obesity, lack of exercise, drinking alcohol, exposure to high radiation
Women with breast cancer may have no symptoms. However, it is important to seek medical attention when the following symptoms appear: