Monday, August 1, 2022

Breast Cancer Fight: The Discovery & Early Detection

My mother discovered she had breast cancer in 2015. I was 31 years old that time.
Since then, I've been more aware about the disease and took more care in self-examining my breasts for lumps or changes in appearance. Most lumps or changes in the breast are not cancerous. Nevertheless, it is important to have them checked as soon as possible as a precaution. 

In 2016 or 2017, can't remember exactly, I was concerned about some small lumps I felt in my breasts and went for an ultrasound at NUH. The doctor I saw then {same breast care doctor as my mum} told me they were breast calcifications or calcium deposits in the breast tissue. Nothing to worry about, and she seemed quite non-chalant about it, so I didn't bother to have any follow up appointments with her.

The lumps did not disappear, and I always felt a bit uncomfortable whenever I lay on my tummy or pressed against them.

Fast forward to around July 2022, I noticed that there was a visibly and tangibly bigger lump at the bottom of my left breast. It would have been there for a while but suddenly seemed very obvious. That particular lump was hard, a bit mobile and felt like a small marble. 

I talked with the boy and although it might be nothing, we felt that I should have it checked out. 

So on the morning of Mon 1 Aug 2022, I went to my workplace clinic for an examination. My regular doctor there wasn't in, but I saw another kind old lady, Dr Tan. She talked to me about my family medical history and checked the lumps, then directed me Radlink Paragon, a private diagnostic and molecular imaging services, to get a mammogram and ultrasound on both breasts as my workplace clinic did not have such medical equipment.  

I managed to get an appointment there later that afternoon and took the scans

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Before mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgeries

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