A new ally against breast cancer

Diario EL PAÍS

In the context of its policy of continuous improvement and aiming at the improvement on early cancer detection in women, the British Hospital has incorporated a digital mammogram as well as a biopsy system of the latest generation, which places the Hospital among the world-renowned breast diagnostic centers.

With this advanced technology, the Breast Diagnostic Unit of the British Hospital is able to obtain high quality images, superior to those obtained with the previous systems.

In addition to the common two-dimensional (2D) images, it´s now possible to perform a three-dimensional reconstruction (3D) of the breast, which expands the ability to detect lesions, allows to analyze with greater precision and therefore do more accurate diagnosis.

Scientific evidence indicates that with this technology it´s possible to increase the rate of detection of breast cancer and reduce false positives, said Dr. Gustavo Febles, Head of the Breast Diagnosis Unit.

The target, is the early detection of breast cancer, explained the specialist. "We have tools that allow us to detect the disease in a stage where healing is highly possible" he summarized.

Febles said that the British Hospital has also acquired a vacuum-assisted biopsy system, which is operated by using tomosynthesis as a guide to reach the lesion to be studied.

This is the first system of this type available in Uruguay and allows to obtain multiple samples of breast lesions, in order to make a reliable diagnosis before surgery.

In lesions with a benign result, surgery could be avoided and in the ones with malignant lesions result, it will provide the necessary information to plan the treatment in a personalized way.

"This technology positions us among the main breast diagnostic centers of reference in the world," emphasized Febles. The British Hospital has a last generation equipment which works according to the world-quality standards, which provides better care for users, because it helps to diagnosis and treatment, and also provides total security in the preservation of information.

The head of Breast Diagnosis Unit reminded that in Uruguay breast cancer is "a very important health problem", because it´s the cancer with the highest incidence in women.

"Early detection is very important," as breast cancer "does not equal death," he insisted.

In that context, Febles mentioned, "the mammography allows breast cancer’s early detection, up to two years before it´s clinically evident."

Women must have a mammogram done per year at the age of 40 and after the fifties, in case there are no risk factors, it can be done once every two years, he suggested.

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