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Dr. Susan Lim Supports Early Breast Cancer Detection


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February 2, 2013


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One of Dr. Susan Lim’s special interests is the early detection of breast cancer. In 2002, Dr. Susan Lim was an invited speaker at the Global Summit Consensus Conference on Breast Cancer in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Susan Lim spoke on  the “Experience in early breast cancer diagnosis and tissue sampling in Singapore: How to bring in minimally invasive procedures”. Also in 2002, Dr. Susan Lim  travelled from Singapore to Taiwan to deliver a lecture on “Vacuum-Assisted Breast Biopsy (Mammotome) – The Singapore Experience” and to conduct a training course on the use of the Mammotome Biopsy System.

In 2003, she published her Singapore study on the “Early Detection of Breast Cancer in Countries with Limited Resources” in The Breast Journal (Volume 9, Supplement 2). Also in 2003, Dr. Susan Lim travelled from Singapore to deliver a post-graduate lecture at the RIPAS Hospital, Brunei, Darussalam on “Advances and New Approaches to the Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of Early Breast Cancer”.
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In 2006, Dr. Susan Lim led a Singapore team from Susan Lim Surgery to teach women breast screening in United Arab Emirates. Dr. Susan Lim partnered with the US-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research in this project. Dr. Susan Lim of Singapore spoke alongside the Susan G. Komen leadership team in delivering the message on breast screening. The patron of the occasion was Sheika Fatima Bint Mubarak. The aim was to empower women to take charge of their own health. Dr. Susan Lim and her team from Susan Lim Surgery, Singapore provided breast screening in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

In 2008, Dr. Susan Lim and her team from Susan Lim Surgery, Singapore provided free breast screening to domestic maids in celebration of International Women’s Day. The attendance at this screening was overwhelming. Dr. Susan Lim and her colleagues in Singapore enjoyed the enthusiasm of the domestic maids and their desire to learn more about their health.

Oral sex can increase the risk of Cancer


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October 31, 2011


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Even though oral sex may help in improving your sex life it can also increase the risk of oral cancer. A recent research conducted by US scientist found strong connection between oral cancer and sex. The study also found a sharp rise in human papilloma viruses or HPV infection which is one off the main causes of oral cancer. Researchers found that there was a 225% increase in oral cancer cases in US and one of the main causes for the rise is HPV infection.

According to Maura Gillison of Ohio State University, one of the main reasons for rise in oral cancer in people is the number of people they have performed oral sex. When the number of partners that you have oral sex increases, the risk of oral cancer increases. Scientists have also found that chances of acquiring HPV infection increases in people by 800 percent if they have oral sex with 6 or more partners.

According to National Cancer Institute, there are more than 150 different types of HPV infections and about 40 HPV infections can be transmitted when a person has oral sex with their partner. Some HPV infection can cause genital warts while other high-risk infections can cause anal, oral, virginal or penile cancer. These infections are common and may cause cervical cancer in women if they are untreated.

People who sexually active are likely to get HPV infection at some point and it is important that you get the right vaccine to protect yourself. Cervarix and Gardasil are two vaccines that are approved by US Food and Drug Administration that you can use to protect yourself from this infection. Men who are vaccinated can reduce the chances of genital warts by more than 90 percent. However, general population and people who are not sexually active need not get HPV vaccine because the risk of HPV is low in these people.

To reduce the chances of HPV infection, it is important that people discuss HPV with their doctors. Most teenagers are unaware of the risk associated with oral sex and it is important that they know about the risk associated with oral sex.