Manila Bulletin

Free mam­mog­ra­phy

- Cancer · Women's Health · Medicine · Health Conditions · Belgium · Manila · Austria · José Abad Santos · Jose Abad Santos · Binondo, Manila · Iceland

A R20-mil­lion mod­ern mam­mog­ra­phy ma­chine—to be of­fered to Manila res­i­dents for free start­ing this month—was re­cently in­stalled at the Jus­tice Jose Abad San­tos Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal (JJASGH) in Bi­nondo. Mam­mog­ra­phy is a spe­cific type of breast imag­ing that uses low-dose X-rays to de­tect can­cer early – be­fore women ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms and when it is most treat­able, JJASGH di­rec­tor Dr. Merle Sac­dalan-Faustino said. Faustino said one ses­sion with a mam­mog­ra­phy ma­chine in pri­vate hos­pi­tals usu­ally costs around R3,000 while at JJASGH it will be pro­vided free to Manileños. Health of­fi­cials said one in every three Filip­inas is at risk of ac­quir­ing breast can­cer, de­scribed as the lead­ing killer world­wide of women aged 35 to 54. Philip­pine Breast Can­cer Net­work said that al­most R500,000 die from the dis­ease every year and that one out of 13 Filipino women will de­velop breast can­cer in her life­time. (Jaimie Rose R. Abe­ria)

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