Around 2 million women are developing breast or cervical cancer every year, according to the first global review, which warns that the diseases could overtake maternal mortality as a cause of death in younger women. Breast cancer knows few boundaries. It is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers today. Everyone is potentially at risk, despite age, sex or family history. Breast cancer is complex and unpredictable. Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women.
Research indicates that almost 30% of all cancer incidences are preventable and nearly another 30% are treatable with early detection and proper resources. Mammograms are the best and most widely available breast cancer screening tool. They can detect about 85 percent of all breast cancers. The number of cases of cervical cancer and the number of deaths from cervical cancer have decreased significantly. This decline largely is the result of many women getting regular Pap tests, which can find cervical cancer before it turns into cancer. To date, there is no cure. Early detection is the key to surviving both cancers. When breast cancer is diagnosed at its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is over 95 percent.
As your partners in good health, as part of this year’s women’s health month, the Outspan hospital and Outspan medical college came up with a women’s health awareness campaign which incorporated various customer friendly activities valid from 1st – 31st October 2016;
- Free breast examinations/checkups for all who visit our Outpatient department
- Mammograms at a highly discounted rate of sh. 1800 per breast done during this month
- A 50% discount on all Pap smears done during this month
- An Open day held on Saturday the 29th of October, 2016, at the Outspan Medical College grounds from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.
During the open day, 600 women had an opportunity to have free breast screening and free pap smears by our doctors and nurses and received information from various speakers on proper breast care strategies and reproductive health.