Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for females worldwide. From 2013 to 2017, out of 71,265 cancer cases reported in Singapore, 51.6% of them are females and 29.4% of the females have breast cancer. Although it is often depicted as daunting and scary in the movies, it doesn’t have to be that way.
What are the signs to look out for?
It is important to know that the symptoms of breast cancer are different for everyone. Not to mention, what may seem normal for your breast might not seem normal for others. However, there are some warning signs that you can observe.
- Lump in the breast or underarm
- Swelling in part of the breast
- Irritation of breast skin
- Redness in the nipple area or the breast
- Nipple discharge (other than breast milk) like blood
- Change in size or shape of the breast
- Pain in the nipple area or any area of the breast
Disclaimer: As mentioned above, the symptoms differ for everyone and for some people, there can be no signs and symptoms at all. Some of these symptoms can also happen with other conditions that are not cancer-related. The best thing to do when unsure is to get it checked.
I have breast cancer… what should I do?
The emotional turmoil that might be going on inside your head can be overwhelming. Here are some tips we found that could be helpful in your battle against breast cancer.
Bring someone along to your doctor’s appointment
Other than to offer you support, they can also help you jot down the important details from your doctor’s appointment. Having to listen to the doctor spewing new information can be overwhelming. More often than not, you will walk out of the doctor’s room not remembering anything and failing to grasp the situation you are in. Having someone that can help you stay in check can really ease your mind so that you can focus on healing.
Try online breast cancer support system
Sometimes it’s easier to relate to those who are battling or had survived breast cancer. In many ways, your online breast cancer support system can guide you through the journey of adjusting to your diagnosis. Instead of waiting for another person to outpour their sympathy for you, you can just join a support group with survivors and patients who are experiencing a similar situation and share with them your treatment updates.
Find ways to make the treatment bearable
Try to keep yourself busy with things that you enjoy doing and focus on your post-cancer goals. This helps remind you to look forward to things or people that can give your life meaning. So, what are the things that you like to do? Keep a list and try to do them one by one, it helps push you through emotionally!
Don’t shy away from asking questions
If you have trouble understanding the terms used by doctors, feel free to ask them what it is and how it will affect you. It’s important to know what to expect from certain treatments so that you can prepare yourself mentally and physically. Anticipating, based on your thoughts, what will happen next can be unhealthy as it will only cause more anxiety and stress. Therefore, it is important that you clarify with your doctor and talk to someone who had the same experience to help you progress in your journey.
Check your insurance coverage with your adviser
Medical costs are extremely high in Singapore and when you are treating breast cancer, you will be seeing more than one doctor. It can be a bit of a headache trying to wrap your head around the medical bills and the insurance coverage, especially when you are already struggling to adjust with your diagnosis and treatment. This is where a financial adviser steps in and helps to relieve the financial pain.
Still unsure if you have breast cancer? Don’t delay any longer and get it properly checked as soon as possible. If you are currently battling with breast cancer, keep your hopes high. With the present medical technologies, most cancers can be treated. If you need help with sorting out your insurance for your breast cancer treatment, get in touch with our advisers today.
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