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More than 15 percent of local women screened for breast cancer are ‘high risk’

Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in Macao. Early detection, early diagnosis and early treatment are the best ways to beat it.

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UPDATED: 17 Jan 2024, 8:15 am

A breast cancer screening programme has found that 15.3 percent of participants have a high risk of developing the disease, TDM reports.

The programme was launched in October by the Health Bureau (commonly known by its Portuguese initials SSM) and has reportedly screened almost 4,000 women to date. About 600 of them required follow-up x-rays after being identified as being at high risk for breast cancer.

Breast cancer screenings, known as mammograms, are an effective way to detect early signs of breast cancer. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are known to be key to increasing patients’ survival rates.

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According to World Health Organisation data from 2020, lung cancer is both the most common and most deadly cancer in China. 

For women, however, breast cancer is the most common – making up 20 percent of all cancer cases. The disease also strikes men, and makes up nine percent of male cancer cases.

Besides breast cancer screenings, the SSM operates screening programmes for cervical, colorectal and lung cancer.

UPDATED: 17 Jan 2024, 8:15 am

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