Breast Screen/Breast Checks
Cancer screening involves medical tests conducted to detect various cancers. These can be performed even when you are healthy and don't have any signs of illness. The frequency and types of cancer detection tests performed are based on the chances of getting cancer. Your family history of cancer and medical history also help your doctor determine your possibilities of developing cancer. Early detection of cancers makes treating cancer easier and can save your life.
Early detection tests for breast cancers include:
- Breast self-examination should be performed regularly after the age of 20. Any abnormality or change in the look (size, shape or colour) or feel (lumps) of your breasts should be reported to your doctor immediately.
- Clinical breast examination should be conducted once every 3 years when you are between the age of 20 to 30 years, and every year after the age of 40.
- You should get a mammography (imaging test of your breasts) done every year starting at age of 40.
- If you have a familial history of breast cancer, an MRI can be performed in addition to mammograms.