Did you know, breast cancer is the #1 cancer amongst women in Singapore?

In fact, 1 in 13 women will get breast cancer by the time they are 75 years of age, and 1 in 6 women diagnosed are younger than 45 years old. Early detection is key, as it can often allow your breast specialist to execute preventative measures, prompt and often more simplified treatment options. Every woman with breast cancer deserves quality care to continue living their best life. This means an individualised multimodal treatment journey that optimises survival, and a supportive environment that priorities emotional wellbeing and each patient's quality of life.

Modern breast cancer surgery should include advanced state-of-the-art treatment options, including the latest minimally-invasive, oncoplastic, reconstructive, and symmetrising surgical techniques when preferred and possible. We aim to surgically save as much healthy breast tissue when desired with oncologic safety, restore femininity and preserve quality of life.

For February's 'Ask the Specialist' forum, Assistant Professor Sabrina Ngaserin, Breast Surgical Oncologist and Consultant from the Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) Breast Service, a member of the of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre and SingHealth group, answers your questions about early detection, modern breast cancer therapy and advanced surgical techniques.

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About Assistant Professor Sabrina Ngaserin

Dr Sabrina Ngaserin is a Consultant of Breast Service in the Department of Surgery at Sengkang General Hospital (SKH). She is also part of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre.

Her practice covers breast cancer screening and detection, benign breast diseases, breast cancer, surgical management and follow up. Experienced in a wide range of breast procedures, Dr Ngaserin performs breast biopsies, breast lump excisions, breast cancer surgeries such as breast conserving cancer surgery including that with intraoperative radiotherapy, oncoplastic breast surgery including mastopexy, mammoplasty, and intercostal artery perforator flaps, mastectomies including simple mastectomy, skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomy and minimally invasive surgery for breast reconstruction, sentinel lymph node biopsy, and axillary clearance. She also performs endoscopy and general surgery operative procedures.

Dr Ngaserin's main interest is in breast cancer therapy - she believes in meticulous diagnostic and therapeutic discussions, and creation of a personalised oncoplastic approach involving our multidisciplinary services, to guide each patient and their loved ones through their treatment journey and survivorship.

She is also passionate in education and academic teaching, and is an Assistant Professor of Duke-NUS Post-graduate Medical School, Clinical Block Lead for Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Clinical Faculty with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, and Physician Faculty with SingHealth Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Program and Singhealth Residency. Active in research, she has published scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and actively participates in local and international conferences and scientific meetings.

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