I recently had an invitation to attend a breast cancer awareness and advocacy event last week.
Since this event is about health, I accepted the invitation right away, of course with the intention to keep myself abreast with what is the latest about breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the number one type of cancer in the Philippines. With the incidence rate steadily rising since 1980, affecting women as early as 30 years old*, breast cancer is something every woman should be concerned of. *Source: 2010 Philippine Cancer Facts & Estimates.
No one can be spared of this disease. Everyone, both men and women can have breast cancer. The only way you can fight this sickness is early detection by self-checking, monitoring, and having a regular check-up which includes a mammogram especially for those who are at risk (40 years old and up, with family history, had early menstruation, late menopause, smoking, alcohol, no children or no children before 35 etc).
The organizers of the event had a doctor present the myths and facts about breast cancer.
WHAT IS A MAMMOGRAM
A mammogram is used to check for signs of the disease in women who may or may not have any symptoms. Mammograms do not prevent breast cancer, but it can detect early signs and thus save lives.
Health Cube, offers the latest in breast screening with its 3D Tomosynthesis Mammogram. This test produces a 3-dimensional view of the breast that helps identify and characterize individual structures without confusion of overlapping tissue. Also called breast tomosynthesis, this new technology allows the physician to see thin mammography sections of the entire breast and gives a clearer image thus, decreasing the need for further examinations. 3D mammography is better at detecting changes earlier that regular 2D scans. It can help distinguish superimposed tissue from real abnormalities, leading to less anxiety for women whenever they are due for a breast examination.
Health Cube 3d Tomosynthesis Mammogram – takes 10mins / Php3,200
WOMEN ARE ALSO AT RISK TO DEVELOP OSTEOPOROSIS
Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men as they have less bone mass than men, and the rate of bone loss speeds up after menopause when estrogen levels fall.
WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone. It is a medical condition in which bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue or calcium and or Vitamin D deficiency.
WHAT IS BONE DENSITOMETRY
Bone Densitometry, also called dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), is an enhanced x-ray technology that measures the strength of your bones. It can detect serious bone loss, otherwise known as osteoporosis, thus leading to prevention of fracture and disability. The procedure is completely painless and is easily performed with minimal radiation exposure. This procedure can identify problems early, enabling you to start treatment and prevent further bone loss.
Health Cube Whole Body Densitometry – procedure takes 10minutes / Php5,000
HEALTH CUBE CHECK & PROTECT
Health Cube helps in the fight against women’s diseases by offering medical tests using state-of-the-art equipment and premium services for women at the new Health Cube Women Center located at the Health Cube Advanced Medical Imaging Unit.
Health Cube provides personalized healthcare for more discerning patients who want affordable and quality care in a pleasant out-patient setting. Health Cube offers various diagnostic services, physical and occupational therapy, and also home to an impressive roster of expert and skilled physicians.
This year, Health Cube expanded its operations with the Health Cube Advanced Medical Unit which offers various premium imaging services such as CT Scan services, 3D Tomosynthesis Mammogram, and Bone Densitometry.
Health Cube Greenhills Inc
Basement 1 Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan City
Health Cube Advanced Medical Imaging Unit
Ground level, BTTC Centre, 288 Ortigas Avenue cor. Roosevelt Street,
Greenhills San Juan City