Facts Vs Myths about Mammograms

Facts Vs Myths about Mammograms – Brough to you by Dr. Sadir Alrawi – Director of Surgical Oncology at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21 October 2020: Mammography remains the gold standard screening technique and offers an effective means to detect breast cancer early.  Although most women know they should undergo mammograms at some point in there lives, there is still some confusion regarding

Mammograms can only detect signs of cancer when it’s too late to treat it. – MYTH

Mammograms are used as a golden standard is diagnosing breast cancer and it can detect cancer cells years before physical symptoms develop in the breast.

Mammograms are uncomfortable – TRUTH

Mammograms are uncomfortable when carried out although this discomfort is shortly lived. New technology has reduced the discomfort and painful sensation experienced by women when undergoing Mammograms.

Mammograms cause cancer due to radiation – MYTH

Repeated X-rays are a health hazard. However, mammograms use a very low level of radiation. The danger posed by this level of radiation is very small and the benefits of mammography outweigh the risks.

Self-examining the breast can replace Mammograms. – MYTH

Self-examination is very important is the early detection of lumps and other abnormal physical appearance of the breast. However, it cannot replace mammograms. Studies have shown that breast self-exam alone is not enough to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths.

Mammograms can make the difference between living a dyeing – TRUTH

Mammograms are the golden standard for breast cancer detection. It can make the difference between catching breast cancer at an early stage or when it is too late.

Only Women over the age of 50 should do a mammogram – MYTH

International guidelines advise that any woman over the age of 40 should do a yearly mammogram. Women that have a family history of breast cancer should start getting mammograms 5 years earlier than the youngest age diagnosis in the family.

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Al Zahra Hospital Dubai

Al Zahra Hospital Dubai – is a leading healthcare provider in the UAE and a milestone in the country’s healthcare sector, with the brand braking ground in 1975, as the first private healthcare provider. The hospital is located in Dubai, on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, catering to local and international patients through over 250 Doctors and more than 40 medical specialties. Accredited by the Joint Commission International, the hospital holds various distinguished credentials, with centers of excellence in Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery, Heart Attack Center and more.

Dedicated to delivering world class healthcare, the hospital is a leader in implementing technological advancements and medical practices, housing the region’s first advanced 3Teasla MRI & the first private Hyperbaric Oxygenation Chamber. In 2016, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai was the first hospital to introduce water birthing to Dubai.

In 2020, the hospital received two JCI accreditations for the Breast Cancer and Heart Attack centers.

Some of the most sought-after services at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai include- Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Spine Surgery, Joint Replacement, Interventional Medicine, Maternity, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Internal Medicine & more.

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