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Published: Wednesday February 5, 2014 MYT 10:07:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday February 5, 2014 MYT 10:09:07 PM

Breast cancer detected in 6-year-old Kelantanese girl

KOTA BARU: the Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II (HRPZII) here has detected breast cancer in a six-year-old girl.

HRPZII Breast and Endocrine consultant surgeon and department head Dr Imi Sairi Ab Hadi said the patient from Pantai Cahaya Bulan here was diagnosed with a lump measuring two centimetres on her breast in October last year.

"An operation was done to remove the lump and she is now required to receive treatment every month.

"Nevertheless we believe it can be treated as it is still at the first stage and possibly due to a genetic factor," he told reporters here Wednesday.

He said breast cancer was the leading cause of death for women in Malaysia.

Dr Imi Sairi said there were 2,262 cancer cases in HRPZII's records, with breast cancer numbering the highest at 593, followed by colon cancer (262), ovarian cancer (183) and other cancers such as thyroid, cervical and leukaemia.

"Breast cancer can also afflict men but most male patients here either suffer from colon cancer or prostate cancer," he said.

He said almost 50% of cancer patients in the state only sought treatment at the hospital after the disease had turned chronic, at stage three and stage four. - Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Health, Breast cancer, 6-year-old girl

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