Breast Cancer is the most common cancer amongst women in the Philippines. According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, every 14 seconds, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. While there is no sure way to prevent the said disease, diet, exercise, healthy lifestyle and regular screening may reduce the risk.
The role of breast cancer screening is to catch cancer early, when it is easier to treat, and the chance of survival is higher. Screening for breast cancer means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer, even if they have no symptoms. Screening is usually done by mammography and breast ultrasound.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammography is recommended for women starting at the age of 40. A mammogram helps find cancer early and can show changes inside a breast even before symptoms show. Having regular mammograms, which is considered as the best way to find cancer in most women, can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.