Breast cancer is the number one cancer amongst women in Singapore. Unfortunately only 2 out of 5 women are up to date with their mammogram screening.
This October, Singapore celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness month with a host of related events, workshops and educational activities brought to you by the Singapore Cancer Society. The activities start from 30 September onwards and will carry on throughout the month of October.
Highlights of the events include:
- Launch events across Singapore
- Month-long mammogram screening activity
- BCF Pink Ribbon walk
What Is Breast Cancer?
A woman’s breast is fully developed when she is in her twenties. The female breast is made up of milk glands and ducts and is surrounded by a layer of fat. Each female breast contains about 12 to 15 milk glands. Milk is produced in the milk glands and collects in small ducts. These join together to form larger ducts, which eventually drain via the nipples.
During a woman’s reproductive period (approximately between 20 and 40 years old), the breast is affected by female hormones, whose levels vary with the menstrual cycle. This can cause the breast to become tender, hard, or lumpy, especially during the premenstrual phase. When a woman enters her thirties, the milk glands and ducts in her breast become smaller and are replaced by fibrous and fatty tissue. Breast cancer commonly develops within these milk ducts and glands.
To find out more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017, download the pink card here. You can also visit the Singapore Cancer Society website for more information. This article is part of an ongoing partnership with the Singapore Cancer Society to help spread awareness about the amazing work they are doing in Singapore and help improve the health and well-being of the community.
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