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Breast Cancer2021-06-16T01:40:25+00:00

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is known to be the most common cancer affecting women in Singapore. There is much awareness, but some of the facts are shrouded in myths, resulting in a lot of fear and anxiety. Dr Tan Yia Swam believes that knowledge is power, and she wants to empower all women to take charge of their health and wellness.

How to protect yourself from breast cancer?


Know the facts of breast cancer


Do regular breast self examination


See a doctor once a year


Go for regular screening mammograms


Get doctor’s advice on additional supplementary tests as necessary

Risk assessment: Prevention and early detection

Dr Tan Yia Swam believes that a healthy lifestyle is the best medicine. A holistic approach, encompassing all aspects of wellness is the key to good health. Eat whole foods, exercise, look after the mental and emotional health, develop strong bonds with family and friends to have good social support.

All of the above will reduce the chance of almost all illnesses. Even when a critical illness strike, being strong and fit, physically and mentally, will help you get well faster.


Breast Cancer Prevention

General tips include keeping an average weight, don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol. 


For a personal assessment, tailored to your individual medical and family history, speak to a breast specialist to understand more; and learn about what method of early detection is most suitable for you.

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Consultation: What happens in the clinic?

Dr Tan Yia Swam will provide individualised, tailored and personable care. At the first visit, there will be a detailed interview & targeted examination. Some questions may be sensitive, but relevant to your risk assessment for cancer. Dr Tan Yia Swam will then recommend the relevant scans, followed by any additional tests (eg: biopsy).

How to prepare for your first visit with us:

  • Bring documents (photo-ID)

  • Bring any old reports/scans/referral letters

  • Bring your list of questions

  • Be prepared for a physical examination, and scans- minimal accessories, no lotions/powders, comfortable clothing

Patient Journey: I have seen the doctor, what’s next?

For patients who need surgery, Dr Yia Swam will explain the various options suitable for you, and guide you in choosing what is best for you. Our team will walk you through the administrative details and paperwork.

In the subsequent follow-up care, Dr Yia Swam and her team will arrange for reviews at planned intervals, to ensure continuing good health.  We want to deliver holistic care of individuals, and screening for your family.