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Breast Care

Early Detection

Early detection detection is the key to saving your life &breasts! Keep a look out for the signs although it may indicate the presence of a condition unrelated to cancer. Should you have any abnormalities or changes in your breast, get it examined by your doctor.

  • An unusual increase in the size or shape of one breast (not to be mistaken as a blessing of sudden natural breast enhancement)
  • Swelling in the upper arm or enlargement of the lymph nodes
  • A PAINLESS lump in the breast
  • Changes in the texture of the skin of the breast, nipple &areola, i.e. scaly, pitting, dimpling
  • A recent history of nipple retraction (inverted nipple)
  • Blood or abnormal discharge from the nipple

To Do List

  • Regular monthly BSE - Breast Self-Examination from the age of 20 onwards.
  • CBE - clinical breast examination once every 2-3 years for ages 20-30; every 1-2 years for ages 30-40 and once every year thereon.
  • Annual mammogram if you are over 40 years of age, and if you are at higher risk, consult your doctor on the timing and frequency of your first and subsequent mammograms.
  • Know your family history. Women with a strong family history of breast cancer have an increased chance of getting the disease at an earlier age than the normal population.
  • Maintain a healthy weight profile, especially when you are reaching the age of menopause.
  • Exercise regularly - women who exercise regularly, up to 4 hours per week during their child-bearing age, have a 58% reduced risk in getting breast cancer. Exercise decreases free radicals, reduces smoking, leads to a weight reduction, which simultaneously results in reduction of body fat and cancer risk.
  • Reduce the intake of red meat and fat, and at the same time, increase the proportion of vegetables and fruits. Choose food from plant proteins.
  • Avoid or minimize the consumption of alcohol.

Breast Screening in Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Our Breast Care Centre at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur is equipped with the latest technologies and offers a wide range of state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic capabilities, including:

  • Digital/Analog mammography
  • Breast screening ultrasound
  • Interventional ultrasound
    • Fine needle aspiration cytology
    • Cyst aspiration
    • Preoperative needle localization of non-palpable suspicious lesions
  • Sterotactic guided core biopsy
  • Sentinel node mapping/biopsy
    • blue dye technique
  • Pre- and post operative consultation with multi disciplinary team
  • Oncoplastic surgery
  • Immediate or second step reconstruction
  • Neodadjuvant chemotherapy
  • All adjuvant treatment options (hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy)

For further information on the breast screening and diagnostic program, kindly contact Breast Care Centre at 03-2296 0837 or email at vemalah.arulappan@pantai.com.my