If you haven’t been giving yourself a breast examination on the regular, it’s time to put it high on your priority list. While breast cancer is a serious health condition that has affected many women, the onslaught of Covid-19 has only exacerbated the situation, what with delayed diagnosis, treatments, and complications.
According to the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF), invasive breast cancer was consistently ranked as the leading cancer among females in the past fifty years in Singapore (Singapore Cancer Registry’s 50th Anniversary Monograph published in 2019). Between 2013-2017, there were 10,824 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed (nearly six cases per day) and 2,180 deaths (slightly more than one death per day). And most recently, the World Health Organisation announced that for the first time, that breast cancer has overtaken lung cancer as the most common cancer globally.
Sandra Leong, General Manager of Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF), shares with us the impact of Covid-19 and its vaccines on breast cancer, common misconceptions and more.