HOSPITAL Quirónsalud Torrevieja is launching a campaign to help prevent breast cancer by providing free mammograms to mark the International Breast Cancer Day.
Free mammograms will be offered from October 19 – 31, 2017 via pre-booked appointments.
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 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 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.
Early diagnosis of the disease, through a mammogram, lowers mortality risk by between 15 and 20%.
Doctor Antonio Brugarolas, head of the oncology department at the Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja, has been successfully applying a “tailored” treatment to patients, following a genetic analysis of their tumours.
After each biopsy, genes related to the response or resistance to chemotherapy are analysed, and the response profile of each tumour to each of the anti-tumour medications are tested.
Data is obtained showing which treatments are the most effective.
Therefore, by prescribing the most effective treatment the department has seen a clinical improvement in 70% of patients, depending on the tumour’s genes.
Additionally, on October 19, the Quirónsalud Torrevieja hospital will be participating in a information forum with members of the Asociación de Familiares y Enfermos de Cáncer de Torrevieja (AFECÁNCER), the Torrevieja Association of Cancer Patients and Family Members.
Their stand will be set up from 10 am to 2 pm at the Plaza de la Constitución in Torrevieja.
They will be offering advice on how to prevent the illness and the importance of early diagnosis.
And, at 12noon, there will be a balloon release with support messages about the fight against breast cancer.