MNH, MEWATA conduct breast cancer early detection

30Oct 2019
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
MNH, MEWATA conduct breast cancer early detection

THE Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) and the Tanzania Medical Women Association (MEWATA) yesterday conducted an early breast cancer screening exercise aimed at increasing awareness on checkups.

A total of 200 Dar es Salaam residents went through screening during the exercise with 45 being recommended for further screening after showing having cancer signs according to Dr Lulu Sakafu a Radiology specialist  at  MNH.

She named the awareness being given to those attending as details of breast cancer as well as how to screen themselves at home.

“Self-screening is very important especially to women who are the most affected because of hormones that are in their bodies,” she said.

A representative from MEWATA who is also a cancer specialist Dr Sikudhani Muya said breast cancer is a problem in Tanzania saying it affects women mostly with men being affected only by percent.

In April ,this this year MNH announced a new operation procedure that eliminates the deadly cells without removing the infected organ like before.

The advanced treatment  has been hailed by experts as a milestone because the previous procedures that required the removal of the infected breast caused trauma to patients due to consequent changes in the looks that came with the removal of the organ that is crucial part of a woman’s beauty.

Breast cancer incidence rates are higher in high-income countries than in low- and middle-income countries but deaths are higher in low and middle income countries, due to limited capacity to implement prevention, early detection and treatment programs saying in Tanzania, breast cancer represents 14.4percent of new cancers among women.

Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death among women worldwide, representing 25-35-percent of all female cancer cases.

He said lifetime risk for developing breast cancer in Tanzania is approximately 1 in 20, and approximately half of all women diagnosed with breast cancer will die of their disease.

Successful breast cancer control demands integrating early detection programs with accurate diagnosis and timely, accessible and effective treatments in multidisciplinary approach.

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