Breast cancer is on the rise in Singapore like it is in the rest of the world. Every year, as many as 1, women, or about five women every day, are diagnosed with breast cancer in Singapore, making it the most common cancer among women here, according to the Singapore Cancer Register Interim Annual Report "Trends in Cancer Incidence in Singapore" To catch the cancer early, women aged 50 and above should go for a breast screening once every two years, and those between the ages of 40 and 49 should consider an annual screening.
Ultrasound imaging of the breast uses sound waves to produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast. It is primarily used to help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities your doctor may have found during a physical exam, mammogram or breast MRI. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive and does not use radiation.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Although mammography is well known to be a powerful screening tool in the detection of early breast cancer, it is imperfect, particularly for women with dense breasts. In women with dense breast tissue, the sensitivity of mammography is reduced.
Back to Breast cancer in women. See your GP as soon as possible if you notice any symptoms of breast cancersuch as an unusual lump in your breast or any change in the appearance, feel or shape of your breasts. Your GP will examine you. If they think your symptoms need further assessment, they'll refer you to a specialist breast cancer clinic.
Ultrasound is useful for looking at some breast changes, such as lumps especially those that can be felt but not seen on a mammogram or changes in women with dense breast tissue. It also can be used to look at a change that was seen on a mammogram. Ultrasound is useful because it can often tell the difference between fluid-filled cysts which are very unlikely to be cancer and solid masses which might need further testing to be sure they're not cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. The disease causeddeaths worldwide inaccording to the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make images of the breast. Ultrasound images may be called sonograms. Breast ultrasound is a non-invasive test.
The usual indications for breast ultrasound would be a suspicious finding on mammography or for the further diagnostic evaluation of a palpable lesion felt on a clinical breast exam. However, just because a woman is sent for a follow-up sonogram is no reason to have elevated anxieties about breast cancer. Ultrasound is particularly helpful in distinguishing between a solid mass and a fluid-filled cystwhich is what a majority of breast lesions turn out to be.
State breast density notification laws that mandate reporting of mammogram results can prompt further screening and modestly boost cancer detection rates, say researchers at Yale's School of Public Health and School of Medicine. Their study was published in the American Journal of Public Health. About half of women in the United States in their 40s and 50s have dense breast tissue, which increases their risk of breast cancer and makes it harder to detect cancer on a mammogram.