Breast cancer cases on the rise in Brunei

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NEARLY 70 women in Brunei were diagnosed with breast cancer from January to October this year, with the trend expected to continue, according to a consultant oncologist at The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC).

In an interview yesterday with The Brunei Times on the sidelines of a breast cancer awareness talk held at Kg Lumapas Primary School, Dr Raden Mas Jeffri Raden Mas Ismail said the breast cancer incidence rate in Brunei is increasing every year.

According to the health expert, 90 to 100 Bruneians are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

He said TBCC recorded around 100 Bruneians diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

According to figures from TBCC, 724 Bruneians were diagnosed with breast cancer from 2005 to 2014.

This was followed by 671 cases of colorectal cancer and 420 cases of lung cancer during the same period.

“The trend might continue to grow in the next century,” he said, noting that this is attributed to many factors.

He said cancers are related to environmental, lifestyle or behavioural exposures but noted that the exact causes of breast cancer are not yet known.

Symptoms of breast cancer include thickening of the nipple or breast skin, a pebble-like bump under the armpit area, any change in the shape of breast, nipple retraction, discharge and bleeding from the nipple.

He urged the public to seek immediate professional help if they discover anything abnormal and not to delay treatment.

“Without treatment, the cancer will grow and spread. This will result in most patients dying within two to five years,” he said.

Dr Raden Mas said chances of survival vary based on the stage of breast cancer.

“The sooner cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better a person’s chances of surviving,” he said.

Yesterday’s cancer awareness event was organised by the Kilanas Village Consultative Council Women’s Bureau in collaboration with the Health Promotion Centre (HPC).

A self breast check examination on a mannequin was also conducted after the talk by a staff member from HPC.

The Brunei Times