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Emirates Hospital holds breast cancer awareness workshops
Dubai: Emirates Hospital, a subsidiary of Emirates Healthcare Company, held breast cancer awareness workshops in October for Emaar’s staff and visitors and Dubai Medical School (DMS).
More than 500 individuals participated in separate workshops aimed to combat breast cancer by educating people about the importance of regular check-ups for early detection of the illness, while offering free mammogram vouchers.
The presentation at DMS and Emaar was led by Dr Serife Simsek, breast surgeon at Emirates Hospital, who commented; “The stigma associated with any type of cancer has always been a major influencer for late diagnosis and this has had devastating effects for breast cancer in particular.”
This breast cancer awareness talk, he added, reflected the Emirates Hospital’s philosophy to support its surrounding communities by promoting a proactive culture. “We want to highlight the importance of educating yourself of potential risks so breast cancer can be efficiently prevented and treated,” he said.
The participants were given free health screenings for BMI (body mass index), blood Sugar and bone density, courtesy of Emirates Healthcare Company.
Dr Sama Zibdeh, specialist breast surgeon at the hospital, said: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women worldwide and it is estimated that one in eight women develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.”
However, she said the condition is treatable and curable if detected in its earliest stages. In that respect, we are delighted with the participation witnessed at the event. “We want to help create better medical access for those affected by breast cancer and put them on a path toward wellness.”
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Dr Serife Simsek, Breast Surgeon at Emirates Hospitals & Clinics, explained, “One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and when diagnosed early, the survival rate goes up by 98%. Statistics show that eight out of ten breast cancer cases can be prevented if caught ear
Breast cancer patients must opt for reconstructive surgery
Women suffering from breast cancer who have undergone a mastectomy (breast and tumour removal) can opt for breast reconstructive surgery that can prevent any psychological damage to their self esteem, said a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
Dr Dora Evangelidou from Cosme Surge, Emirates Hospital said: “Unfortunately, mastectomy is considered by most women a taboo subject as they view this as disfiguring or a loss of femininity. This is why October is not just about the colour ‘pink’. It is so people can be reminded that they can do much more beforehand. Women that are diagnosed must be informed about their reconstructive options in advance of the mastectomy surgical session,” said Dr Evangelidou
In the ideal scenario, the breast surgeon should arrange for a consultation with a plastic surgeon that has breast reconstruction experience and qualifications. Before the mastectomy, the patient is informed and educated about their breast reconstruction options.
Dr Evangelidou added: “There are many types of breast reconstructive surgeries and some methods are less invasive than others, depending on each patient. Every reconstruction is tailor-made to fit the patients’ needs and expectations. We have done many types of immediate breast reconstructions during the mastectomy, and this is easiest way for a patient to initiate their post-cancer period.”
Going into details, Dr Evangelidou said that the most common type was implant reconstruction and this was used in more than 65 per cent of the reconstructive procedures. Autologous (or “flap”) reconstruction, which uses tissue transplanted from another part of your body (such as your belly, thigh, or back), is another less common option. There are also reconstructions that combine both methods.
The reconstructive surgery is carried out simultaneously as the patient undergoes mastectomy so that she does not wake up to the horror of amputation. Evangelidou added: “It is much easier to reconstruct the breast at the same time as the mastectomy rather than years later. I will always design the cuts for the breast surgeon to proceed and remove the breast and immediately after that a new breast will be reconstructed during the same surgery.”
There are situations where prophylactic mastectomy is recommended (removing the breast that does not have a tumour). “Some women are diagnosed with extremely aggressive cancer, multifocal cancer or have a family history of breast cancer and these women would be good candidates for prophylactic mastectomy If women learn about their reconstructive options, they can not only survive this disease but thrive afterward, “ added Dr Evangelidou.
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