Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wichai Vassanasiri, Surgeon and Medical Director of the Breast Center at Bumrungrad International Hospital
states, “Statistics show we need to continue campaigning for breast cancer awareness so more people realize the importance of early diagnosis. Early diagnosis leads to higher chances of recovery and survival. The causes and risk factors of breast cancer include, being over 40 years old, high animal fat and red meat consumption, being overweight, smoking, drinking alcohol, and not exercising. Moreover, extended exposure to estrogen can increase the risk of breast cancer. That is, women who start menstruation before 12 or stop menstruating after 55 or have taken birth control pills for a long time are at greater risk. Other risk factors are having been exposed to chest or breasts radiation, giving birth to a first child when over 35 years old, and having a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. If a woman has an immediate family member, like a mother or a sister, who has had breast cancer before 40 years of age, she is at greater risk of developing breast cancer. Also, mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer. At Bumrungrad, we also provide gene mutation screenings.”
Recently in October 2021, breast cancer awareness month, Bumrungrad opened the Breast Center, which is a center of excellence at Bumrungrad International Hospital. The Breast Center delivers holistic medical services regarding breast health for all genders, including preventive measures, diagnoses, and treatments by our interdisciplinary teams of experts who are experienced in breast-related health. Having a screening is key to breast cancer treatment because it enables doctors to diagnose the cancer and customize treatment plans immediately.
For more information and inquiries, please contact the Breast Center, Bumrungrad International Hospital, 16th
Floor, Building A (Clinic) or call 02 011 3694 and 1378.