Early detection is key to treatment of breast cancer
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A CONSULTANT oncologist at The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) has advised members of the public to go for regular medical check-ups for early detection of breast cancer.
Dr Raden Mas Raden Ismail said the incidence of breast cancer is very high among young Bruneian women and added that early detection is key in the treatment of breast cancer.
In a recent interview on the sidelines of a breast cancer awareness talk at Kg Lumapas Primary School, he said the centre has seen a trend that more and more younger women are being diagnosed with breast cancer.
While he was unable to reveal the age of the youngest breast cancer victim reported at TBCC, Dr Raden said the teenagers in Brunei are not immune to breast cancer.
“I cannot say but many of them are in their teens. It’s not about how young but about the rate of breast cancer among young women and there are many young women who have fallen victim to this dreaded disease,” he said.
He added that many of these young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer go through an emotional turmoil. Some have even refused to go for chemotherapy out of fear that they will have a hard time getting pregnant or will not be able to get pregnant at all.
“Many women want to know if they'll be fertile after chemotherapy,” said the oncologist, noting that women face the risk of infertility and have fewer fertile eggs after chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. It works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells.
According to Dr Raden, about 90 to 100 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Brunei every year. The oncologist said while breast cancer have no known risk factors, it could be linked to family history.
He stressed the importance of practising a healthy lifestyle, as it is the key to having a healthy life in the future.
Dr Raden said that several studies have shown that being overweight or obese may increase cancer risk.
The Brunei Times