Back in 2001, when doing a self examination, I discovered a rather large lump in my breast. Alarmed, I made the decision for a medical opinion to be sure of what it was rather than risking it to become something big. Nevertheless, I remember that the process was rather scary.
I was referred by the family clinic to visit the hospital, where I was given a biopsy. This procedure involved a huge syringe-like apparatus which is injected into my breast for a tissue sample to be pulled out. Boy did that hurt!
Some weeks later, I went for a radiology where the doctor smeared some sort of jelly on my breasts and used a scanning device to observe the lumps and take an ultrasound picture of it.
After a month later, the results arrived and I was relieved to hear from the doctor that the lumps were benign and was caused by fibrocystic changes.
I guess should not have worried too much as fibrocystic changes are a common trait among women. Many of my girlfriends has confided that they have similar issues too. Interestingly now, I don’t even feel these lumps that I felt back in 2001 which would mean that the lumps has shrunk on its own accord.
Still, with breast cancer being the most common cancer among women, with about 1,100 women diagnosed in Singapore a year. It’s good to practise prevention before something big happens.
October is breast cancer awareness month and I’m putting on my pink ribbon in rememberance of my little encounter.