Dubai-UAE: 11 May, 2015 –Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UAE, with the number of sufferers increasing by 20 percent since 2009, according to figures released by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Also numbers released by the medical institutions under the DHA show that the average age of women who are detected with breast cancer in the UAE is 10 years younger than the average age of sufferers in USA and Europe. The DHA study similarly revealed that a good number of those patients are below the age of 40 and have a positive family history of cancer. Furthermore, the majority of cancers were discovered in the second stage and 30 percent were discovered in the third stage of the disease.
“If cancers are detected in the 3rd stage chances of survival are bleak at a mere 57%. Cancers detected in the 2nd stage have an 86% survival rate. Whereas cancers detected at stage 1 have an almost 100% survival rate, “said Dr. Dr Shiva Harikrishnan of Medeor 24×7 Hospital, a part of the VPS Healthcare conglomerate. “In order to encourage people to be more proactive about their health and also to increase awareness, Medeor 24×7 Hospital is having free Mammogram Checkups from 10th May to 16th May 2015 on the Hospital’s premises.”
The Mobile Mammogram Unit is fully equipped with a reception area, a private waiting area, 2 changing rooms and a screening room and will be parked outside the Hospital in Bur Dubai for the community to avail of the free cancer detecting facilities.
Since the introduction of the Mobile Mammography Unit in 2010, the initiative by the VPS Healthcare conglomerate has worked with organizations such as Daman Insurance, Etihad Airways, Al Hilal Bank, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, ADNEC, British Embassy in the UAE and Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority among others in promoting the early detection of Breast Cancer.
“Giving back to the community is an integral part of the social fabric of the UAE and Medeor 24×7 Hospital. The Mobile Mammogram Unit is an extension of this belief and is part of our work in promoting the UAE’s Rulers vision of a healthy population,” said Dr Shajir Gaffar, the CEO of Medeor 24×7 Hospital, Dubai.
For more information please call: 04 3500600 or visit www.medeor247dubai.com