Saudi conference puts breast cancer screening in spotlight

Saudi conference puts breast cancer screening in spotlight
May 01, 2011 at 11:05am

Healthcare may be one of the most important indicators of quality of life, but in the Middle East, it has frequently been overlooked.

That’s starting to change! There’s still much to be done, given that the region faces ballooning health care costs as well as an increase in so-called lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, obesity and stress.

This is where GE’s “healthymagination” initiative across the region plays an important role. This $6 billion global commitment to enhance access to quality healthcare at lower costs, is an initiative that prioritizes increased awareness and education about health issues.

As part of this, GE is supporting the ground-breaking Breast Imaging Conference & Workshop in Saudi Arabia to be held in Riyadh from May 1 to 3.

Among the technologies showcased by GE is its portfolio of digital mammography technology, which helps medical practitioners to come even closer to the essence of early detection and fight against breast cancer. The digital solutions assist customers from screening to interventional, enabling faster detection rate, seamless workflow and best image quality. Due to the smaller image size, it also helps achieve lower costs.

A highlight of the conference will be an awareness night, on May 2, that will put the spotlight on the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer. The evening’s programme will feature high profile speakers.
Across the three day event, workshops will discuss topics including guidelines for breast cancer screening, the Saudi experience, breast MRI imaging and breast biopsies. It will also be highlighting the role of pathologists and oncologists, role of breast ultrasound and follow-up procedures.

Diagnoses and screening is only a small part of the battle. The question remains if anything is being done in providing treatment and follow-up support services? If not, what can the Gulf States, and healthcare providers, do better in this regard?

Read more:
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Healthymagination Middle East
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