Breast Cancer

Quality, Professional Management of Women’s Health

Breast cancer can affect any woman, especially those aged 35 and above. With early detection and timely treatment, you are ensured a higher success rate of recovery.

At Women Fertility & Fetal Centre, we are committed to offering you quality first-hand care and treatment.

What Causes Breast Cancer?

Breast cancers are malignant tumours that usually develop in a woman’s milk ducts in the breasts. The exact cause is not known but studies have shown that the risk of breast cancer increases as a woman gets older.

Most breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50, with increasing risks for women 60 years old and above.

Detection of Breast Cancer

We encourage women to take an active part in the early detection of breast cancer, by scheduling regular health screenings or screening mammograms, and clinical breast exams performed by our certified gynaecologist.

For patients who are aged 40 or below and detected with breast cancer, future fertility concerns can be addressed with the option of egg freezing prior to cancer treatment.

The comfort and experience of patients are our top priority.

At our women’s clinic, we strive to offer a suite of quality treatment options tailored for you.

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A screening mammogram is an x-ray imaging tool useful for early detection of breast cancer. Mammograms can detect a breast lump before it can be felt; it can also show if there are small deposits of calcium in the breast.

If an area of the breast looks suspicious on the mammogram, our gynaecologist may order a biopsy to test the breast tissue. If you are over 40, consider scheduling a mammography once every year.

Breast Self-Examination

From the age of 20, women should do a breast self-examination (BSE) at least once a month. The purpose of a BSE is to get yourself accustomed to the feel and shape of your own breasts. In the process, you will be able to notice any anomalies or changes.

The most appropriate time for a BSE is anytime from 2 to 10 days after the start of your menses—when your breasts are the least tender. If you are no longer menstruating, perform a BSE every month on the same day.

Signs to Look Out for in a BSE:

  • A persistent lump that doesn’t go away
  • A change in size or shape of either breast.
  • Any unusual skin discoloration
  • Any sores or scaly skin.
  • Any puckering of the skin, which appears as many small dimples, like orange or lemon peel.
  • A retraction or sinking in of the nipple.
  • Any liquid discharge from the nipple.
Dr Ann Tan
Specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
MBBS (Singapore), FRCOG (London), M Med (O & G), FAM (Singapore)
“I think taking care of women was definitely my calling in life. Each patient brings with them something new and different, and it is my privilege to care for them.”

With over 20 years caring for women’s reproductive health and their pregnancies, Dr Ann Tan is no doubt a fervent advocate for women’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

An experienced obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Tan is keenly aware of the ups and downs of what pregnancy and childbirth brings, and strives to support postpartum women as they recover so that they can enjoy motherhood as well as possible.

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Contact Information

3 Mount Elizabeth #11-12
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre,
Singapore 228510

Tel : +65 6734 8188
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