Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer accounts for 38% of cancer cases among women in Egypt, and breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
The breast cancer mortality rate in Egypt is 20.1 per 100,000, compared to 14.7 per 100,000 in the United States. A study about breast cancer rates in Egypt by the Women’s Health Group at Boston Medical Center concluded that “simple and relatively inexpensive measures of increasing awareness and improving early detection alone could improve survival rates dramatically. In the UK, it is estimated that approximately 1,300 lives are saved each year through screening, and that a third of breast cancers are diagnosed through screening. Early detection of breast cancer through a screening mammography means that treatment can be started earlier in the course of the disease before it has spread. This increases the likelihood of survival, and decreases the need for a mastectomy (breast removal).
In the province of Menoufia, there is only one hospital (in the capital Shebeen el Kom) which offers mammography. One machine for a population of 4 million people is insufficient for both diagnostic and screening. Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf will purchase an x-ray machine for mammography and a computer radiography (CR) image reader unit. This equipment will enable both diagnostic mammograms and screening mammograms.
HMH Menouf is well-placed to provide this service and we already have hospital X-ray technicians to perform mammography and an experienced radiologist skilled in reading mammograms and distinguishing between benign and malignant images. We also have skilled staff surgeons with wide experience in performing biopsies on lesions discovered by mammography and definitive surgery for proven breast cancers.
We are extremely grateful to the Embassy of Japan for their most generous donation towards this important project. Click the button on the right to make your donation.