As we mark Breast Cancer Awareness month, Dr Lee Guek Eng of ICON Cancer Centre keeps us abreast of things.
How has breast cancer evolved in Singapore over the years?
Breast cancer, the most common cancer among women, has tripled since the 70’s. However, the mortality rate has not risen as much due in part to early detection for more effective treatment. Hence, patient outcomes tend to be better for breast cancer patients than other cancer patients. Compared to other cancers, genetic testing for breast cancer can determine the presence of specific mutated genes that heighten the risk for developing the disease.