Early Detection is the Best Way to Prevent Breast Cancer
A 2019 report mentioned that the Philippines has the highest prevalence of breast cancer in Asia and 9th highest in the world 1. Breast cancer is also the leading type of cancer among women, both in the country and internationally 2. Fortunately, there are numerous treatments available for breast cancer, and the success rates are high especially if breast cancer is detected early. That’s why screening is crucial to overcoming this condition. While there’s no organized national screening programs for breast cancer 3, screening procedures, such as mammogram and breast ultrasound, are very much available. Here’s what you need to know about them.
Why Early Detection Is Important
As mentioned earlier, breast cancer is highly treatable if you spot it early. Unfortunately, most Filipinas learn of their diagnosis in the advanced stages of the disease, when the signs and symptoms are already present and only aggressive and expensive treatment might work.
With screening, early detection is possible. This means you can spot cancer when it’s still easy to treat and you have more options for treatment. Most importantly, treating breast cancer as early as possible can reduce its impact and save lives.
Detect Breast Cancer Early With Mammogram and Breast Ultrasound Tests
Two of the widely used breast cancer screening tests in the Philippines are mammograms and breast Ultrasounds. Let’s talk about their individual advantages:
A mammogram uses low-dose x-ray to produce breast images. This procedure, which uses a machine to “flatten” or squeeze the breast, is noted as the “best screening tool for breast cancer.” In fact, some institutions say mammography is “proven to reduce deaths due to breast cancer by detecting breast cancer early."4