Free mammograms trigger increased interest in breast cancer detection

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Ultra-sensitive diagnostic equipment can detect 95% of tumors, two years before manual detection

Worldwide research has shown that a mammogram is the most accurate test for breast cancer. Women in Dubai are growing acquainted with this fact as they throng to Saudi German Hospital-Dubai for free mammograms, after experts advised that it is never too early to detect cancer.

According to Dr. Reem Osman, CEO of Saudi German Hospital-Dubai: “Women between the ages of 40 to 70 should definitely embrace this opportunity for free mammograms, as their age group is the most vulnerable to breast cancer. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the prognosis. We take the health of Dubai’s women extremely seriously, which is why we have spared no effort or expense in acquiring the most high-end diagnostic equipment. We have a commitment to the women of Dubai. Not only will they get free mammograms, they will always find ready advice and the opportunity for consultation. Women should feel reassured knowing that they are in the safe hands of our experts who have vast experience in successful cancer treatment.”

A mammogram is essentially an X-ray of the breast that uses high resolution imaging to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. It is quick and non-invasive, and helps doctors in identifying and treating any irregular growths that could indicate the presence of a tumor.

Contrary to popular belief, the signs of breast cancer are not just limited to lumps. They can include breast pain, thickening of the skin around the breast or even a change in breast size and shape. Getting a mammogram can help in separating symptoms that are benign (non-cancerous) from those that are malignant (cancerous).

Dr. Ala al Ajeel, Head of the Surgical Department and Consultant for Gastroenterology and Laparoscopic Surgery at Saudi German Hospital-Dubai added: “Our sophisticated mammography equipment is so ultra-sensitive that we can detect 95% of breast tumors up to two years before the woman would normally have been able to feel the lump by touch. The tumors that radiologists detect early have much lower levels of lymph node

involvement. This means that by coming early for a screening, the woman dramatically boosts her own chances of recovering fully and going on to lead a normal life. If discovered early, localized cancers can be removed without resorting to breast removal (mastectomy). Crucially, a mammogram gives the woman real peace of mind – because she can adjust her life accordingly, by either reducing her risks or immediately undergoing treatment.”

Women can feel safe knowing that a mammogram – a relatively quick and simple step – can help get rid of uncertainty and fear. In addition, women can get more advice about combating breast cancer at Saudi German Hospital-Dubai’s health kiosk at Mall of the Emirates, from 10-13 October.

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