Free mammograms for early detection of breast cancer at Quirónsalud

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FREE MAMMOGRAMS: To mark the International Day against Breast Cancer at Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja. Photo credit: Shutterstock

HOSPITAL Quirónsalud Torrevieja is launching a campaign to prevent breast cancer by providing free mammograms to mark the International Day against Breast Cancer, which is celebrated on October 19.

Early diagnosis of the disease, through a mammogram, lowers mortality risk by between 15 and 20%.

For women interested in undergoing an examination at the Quirónsalud Torrevieja hospital centre, the mammograms period will be from the October 22 – 26, and interested women may request information by phone at 966 90 95 06 from 10 am to 2 pm, by email at [email protected], or on the website, www.quironsalud.es/torrevieja/es, to obtain an appointment until the schedule assigned by the service is full, and with a medical prescription.

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Additionally, the Quirónsalud Torrevieja hospital centre is participating in the organisation of an information stand for the International Day against Breast Cancer, where they will offer advice on preventing this illness and the importance of early diagnosis.

The forum will include the participation of members of the Asociación de Familiares y Enfermos de Cáncer de Torrevieja (AFECÁNCER, Spanish acronym for the Torrevieja Association of Cancer Patients and Family Members).

The information stand will be set up next Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Plaza de la Constitución in Torrevieja. The healthcare centre will install a panel where any citizen can express his or her solidarity with those affected by the illness.

In addition, in order to promote self-examination, Quirónsalud has created a guide, which will be printed and handed out at the stand.

Doctor Antonio Brugarolas, head of the Oncology Unit of the Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja, has been successfully applying a “tailored” treatment on patients, following a genetic analysis of their tumours. After each biopsy, all the genes related to the response or resistance to chemotherapy have been analysed, and the response profile of each tumour to each of the anti-tumour medications has been tested.

Thus, data are obtained showing which medications are inactive and which are the most effective. Therefore, by administering the effective medication, depending on the tumour’s genes, we see a clinical improvement in 70% of patients.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the female population in Spain, making up 29% of all cancers; it is estimated that one out of every eight women will suffer breast cancer.

The increase in cases is due to the aging of the population, since its highest incidence is in women over fifty, although the incidence in women under forty has risen by 10% in the last few years. The reason for this increase in cases may be due to lifestyle changes, a tendency to have less children, the increased age women have their first pregnancy, and a history of the disease in direct family members.

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