Dr Yong Chee Kong

MBBS (S'pore), FRCS (Glasgow), FAMS
Consultant Surgeon

Consultation Hours

. Monday - Friday : 9 am to 5pm
. Saturday : 9am to 1pm
. Sun & Public Holidays : Closed

Clinic Location

Mount Alvernia Medical Centre Block A
Suite 02-04 820 Thomson Road
Singapore 574623

Tel: (65) 6356 3250
Fax: (65) 6353 7719
Answering service: (65) 6535 8833

Useful Info
Breast Cancer
How to do a Breast Self-Examination
Breast Cancer
Breast caner is the most commom cance affecting Singapore women.
1 in 5 cancers occurring in Singaporean women is breast cancer.
Every year, about 1100 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed. This translates to 3 women being diagnosed with breast cancer each day.
About 270 die from the disease each year.
1 in 20 women in Singapore will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
The incidence is highest in women aged 45 to55
In early stages of breast cancer, there is usually no pain and there may be no symptoms at all. As the cancer grows, the following symptons could appear:
a persistent lump or thickening in the breast or armpit area.
a change in the size or shape of the breast
a dimpling or puckering of the skin (like orange peel)
blood or discharge from the nipple
a recent retracted (pulled in) nipple
Consult a doctor if you notice any of the above changes.
Breast Cancer Screening
Depending on your age, the following is recommended.
* Once a year
** Once in 2 years unless otherwise recommended by a doctor.
How to do a Breast Self-Examination
IN THE SHOWER Fingers flat, move gently over every part of each breast. Use your right hand to examine left breast, left hand for right breast.

Check for any lump, hard knot or thickening. Carefully observe any changes in your breasts

BEFORE A MIRROR Inspect your breasts with arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.

Look for any changes in contour of each breast, a swelling, a dimpling of skin or changes in the nipple. Then rest palm on hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match - few women's breasts do.

LYING DOWN Place pillow under right shoulder, right arm behind your head. With fingers of left hand flat, press right breast gently in small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast. Use light, medium and firm pressure. Squeeze nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
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