Hospi­tal is­sues tips in fight­ing breast can­cer

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CLARK FREEPORT — The Med­i­cal City Clark has re­leased an ad­vi­sory on how to pre­vent breast can­cer.

The hospi­tal’s pro­gram is dubbed Health, Fam­ily, and Self: Pri­or­i­ties for women ev­ery­where.

“We all know that health should be your Num­ber 1 pri­or­ity, but with chil­dren, hus­bands, and work, a mother’s health seems to be at the bot­tom of the list,” the TMC Clark stated.

Can­cer can take any­one as a vic­tim, any­time. This is why early de­tec­tion re­ally en­sures sur­vival. Based on an an­nual cen­sus of The Med­i­cal City, 90 per­cent of their pa­tients are di­ag­nosed with early-stage breast can­cer, the med­i­cal cen­ter dis­closed.

“One pro­ce­dure to de­tect breast can­cer is through a self-check exam which you can do at home. Once a no­tice­able lump is felt, a Breast Ul­tra­sound or a Mam­mo­gram (or both) is highly rec­om­mended,” the TMC Clark stated.

These di­ag­nos­tic ex­ams have imag­ing and can de­tect lumps be­fore it even forms, it added.

Last Fe­bru­ary 14, Pres­i­dent Duterte signed a Repub­lic Act that aims to make can­cer treat­ment and care af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble for ev­ery Filipino.

Breast can­cer re­mains the most com­mon can­cer among women world­wide but a lot of re­search has been done in the past sev­eral years to in­crease their chances of sur­viv­ing the dis­ease.

The Med­i­cal City Clark of­fers state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy in Dig­i­tal Mam­mog­ra­phy which al­lows its breast­cer­ti­fied ra­di­ol­o­gists to see greater de­tail and fine lines more clearly than a Con­ven­tional Mam­mo­gram.

The pro­ce­dure costs P2,730 for two sides and would only take an hour for ex­am­i­na­tion.

Com­pared to a reg­u­lar mam­mo­gram, a Dig­i­tal mam­mo­gram is more ac­cu­rate and hurts less.

With the dig­i­tal kind, the X-rays are turned into elec­tronic sig­nals that can be stored in a com­puter.

It’s sim­i­lar to the way dig­i­tal cam­eras take and store pic­tures.

The re­sults are de­tailed and read­ings are done by ex­pert on­col­o­gists.

“Women, es­pe­cially the most im­por­tant ones in our lives, has helped us achieve our goals in life. Now it is time to do the same for them. The Med­i­cal City Clark Breast Can­cer is here to help women - moth­ers, daugh­ters, sis­ters, and aunts, to be healthy for their fam­i­lies so they can be a part of their lives for many years to come.”

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