B. Thao Phasavath
(KPL) Mahosot Hospital has announced that it will be conducting free checks for breast cancer for women, especially those aged 45 and older, on Saturday, Mar 4 between 10.00 and 15.00 hours.
Basic medical treatment for breast cancer victims will also be demonstrated on Saturday.
The announcement was made on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2017. The checks will be available not only for Lao women, but also for those of foreign nationality.
Interested women can register for the medical check at 020 5561 8978, 020 2981 6209, 020 7711 0244 or in person at the Neutrino Medical Centre, Mahosot Hospital (the old Mother and Child Building next to Kaoyod Temple).
“We had 50 women register on the first day and another 27 today. Many women showed interest in receiving the free check when asked if they had registered,” said Ms Phonesavanh Sengbouttalath, a member of the National Breast Cancer Association.
Mahosot Hospital has conducted free medical checks for women at risk of developing early-stage breast cancer for years and not only on the occasion of the celebration of the International Women’s Day but also at other times during the year.
Statistics suggest that 10 in every 100 people checked develop breast cancer. The at risk group for this disease can be as young the late 20s or older than 50, according to the Director General of Mahosot Hospital, Assoc. Prof. Dr Bounthaphany Bounxouei.
Breast cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the developing world due to increases in life expectancy, increasing urbanization and the adoption of western lifestyles.
Although some risk reduction might be achieved with prevention, these strategies cannot eliminate the majority of breast cancers that develop in low- and middle-income countries where unfortunately, breast cancer is often diagnosed in very late stages.