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Championing Women’s Breast Health – Prevention and Early Detection
Championing Women’s Breast Health – Prevention and Early Detection
Dr Sasiwimol Preechapornkul
Dr Sasiwimol Preechapornkul
Fertility

Emphasizing the critical importance of breast cancer awareness, prevention, early detection through regular mammograms, and understanding the available treatment options is fundamental in our collective fight against this disease. These elements are key to empowering women with the knowledge and tools needed for effective breast health management, ultimately leading to better health outcomes and a stronger sense of control over their well-being.

Breast health forms a cornerstone of women’s wellness, with breast cancer being the most prevalent cancer among women globally. The journey towards better outcomes begins with education, early detection, and a patient-centric approach to healthcare. It is essential that all women become familiar with the normal appearance and feel of their breasts, as this knowledge can significantly aid in detecting any unusual changes. Such changes may include:

  • lumps, leaky fluid discharge not related to breastmilk
  • swelling
  • skin irritation or dimpling
  • nipple issues such as pain, redness, flaking, or an inward turn

If you notice any of these changes, it is crucial to consult a health professional without delay.

Awareness stands as our primary shield. Regular self-examinations and screenings empower women to become attuned to their bodies, facilitating the early identification of any anomalies. Screening services, such as Clinical Breast Exams (CBE) and mammography, play a pivotal role in this early detection process. Despite common apprehensions, the life-saving potential of these screenings is immense, and it is our duty as healthcare professionals to ensure women feel supported and informed about their personal risk factors, when to start screening, and how often.

Navigating the journey after a breast health issue, particularly a breast cancer diagnosis, is intensely personal and challenging. It demands not only medically sound care but also emotional support, clear communication, and a holistic approach that integrates treatment with support groups, counselling, and rehabilitation to address both physical and emotional needs, ensuring a well-rounded path to recovery.

At HealthDeliver, we strive to create a supportive healthcare environment where every woman feels informed, empowered, and cared for throughout her breast health journey, adhering to the highest standards of empathy and medical care.