WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG
Early detection of cancer may lead to better treatment outcome and higher chances of recovery. Hence, it is important that women go for their regular health screenings and know the early signs and symptoms of cancer.
Consultant oncologist Dr Hafizah Zaharah says, “Women should be aware of their body changes at all times, even when they are still at a younger age—in their 20’s and 30’s. Recently, we have an increasing number of patients in the younger age group.”
GET SCREENED REGULARLY
Women over the age of 40 go for health screenings once a year.
Women younger than 40 should go every two years.
The recommended screenings include:
- Mammograms and breast ultrasounds for breast cancer
- Colonoscopy for colorectal cancer
- Blood test and tumour marker test for ovarian cancer
- Pap smear for cervical cancer.
POTENTIAL SYMPTOMS OF COMMON CANCERS