Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the breast tissues. Damage to the DNA of these cells results in uncontrolled cell division and growth, and eventually, these cells can accumulate to form lumps.
According to the latest statistics from the Hong Kong Cancer Registry, 3,900 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. It is the most common cancer type and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women in Hong Kong. The survival rate for breast cancer can be improved for women through breast health awareness and early detection. Perform breast self-examination and become familiar with how your breasts normally feel, at different times of the month. You will then quickly be aware if there are any changes in your breasts that are not normal to you.
A lump, lumpiness or thickening
Changes in the skin, such as puckering, dimpling or a rash
New and persistent discomfort or pain in the breasts or armpit
A change in the shape or size of a breast
Discharge from a nipple, a nipple rash or a change in its shape
If you notice any of the above changes, please see your doctor immediately. Early detection of breast cancer improves the chance of diagnosing breast cancer early for better survival.
Reduce your risks
Perform breast self-examination
Schedule regular check-ups
For more cancer-related information and support, please visit the Hong Kong Cancer Fund website or contact Hong Kong Cancer Fund free enquiry hotline: (852) 3656 0800
Source: Hong Kong Cancer Fund
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