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A mobile unit for the early diagnosis of breast cancer in Lanzarote

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As part of the programme for the early diagnosis of breast cancer, The Canary Health Service (SCS) has moved its mobile mammography unit to the hospital Doctor José Molina Orosa, in Lanzarote, a centre attached to the Department of health of the Government of The Canary Islands.

The unit is located inside the hospital compound, opposite the main entrance, and will serve for the next six months. This initiative is aimed at supporting and strengthening the accessibility of women living on the island between the ages of 50 and 69.

Attention will be paid in the morning until the end of the current year. The aim is to strengthen the work of the radiology service of the Hospital, supporting the early diagnosis program that is already carried out in the afternoon.

Citation by letter

A letter shall be sent to the women’s homes within the age range described above during the time of the unit’s installation. In this letter you will be encouraged to participate in the program and will be provided with a telephone number.

Once the relevant tests have been carried out, women will receive the information with the result of the tests.

The mobile unit is equipped with a mammograph, waiting room, toilet and two rooms for changing clothes before and after the test, as well as several air conditioning equipment and an access system for people with disabilities.

Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumor in the female population and the first cause of death from cancer in women in Spain, with 32,825 new cases diagnosed in 2018.

The overall objective of the programme is to reduce breast cancer mortality by up to 30 per cent in the group of women included in the programme. Mammography has been shown to be an effective measure in detecting early-stage tumors, allowing less aggressive treatments. Also, tumor behavior in this age group is less aggressive, thus reducing mortality and improving the quality of life of these patients.

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