what every woman needs to know. Mammologist’s advice

Octo­ber 20 is World Breast Can­cer Day. In our coun­try, this prob­lem is espe­cial­ly acute: every year more than 16,000 Ukrain­ian women hear a dis­ap­point­ing diag­no­sis, and almost half of them die.

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Why is there such a high death rate from breast can­cer in Ukraine, what should be done to pre­vent the dis­ease, what meth­ods of ear­ly diag­no­sis and treat­ment exist?

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These and oth­er impor­tant ques­tions are answered by an onco­sur­geon-mam­mol­o­gist, can­di­date of med­ical sci­ences,

head of the mam­mo­log­i­cal cen­ter of the clin­ic INNOVATION

Khilko Dmit­ry Ana­tolievich.

How com­mon is breast can­cer in the world, and in Ukraine in par­tic­u­lar?

Accord­ing to the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion, breast can­cer ranks first among onco­log­i­cal dis­eases in women: about 1,250,000 new cas­es of the dis­ease are reg­is­tered every year.

In our coun­try, the sta­tis­tics are even sad­der: out of 16,000 Ukrain­ian women who are annu­al­ly diag­nosed with this dis­ease, only half sur­vive.

Where­as, for exam­ple, in the USA and EU coun­tries, it is pos­si­ble to defeat the dis­ease in more than 80% of cas­es.

Why such a high death rate?

Mod­ern med­i­cine is capa­ble of defeat­ing can­cer. How­ev­er, only if it is diag­nosed in the ear­ly stages.

In Ukraine, unfor­tu­nate­ly, patients go to the doc­tor too late, at the third, fourth stage, when the treat­ment can­not give good results. If breast can­cer is detect­ed at an ear­ly stage, it is much eas­i­er to treat it, and it is also cheap­er. At the same time, sur­vival rates reach 80–90%.

It is gen­er­al­ly accept­ed that there are few­er deaths from can­cer abroad, because med­i­cine is bet­ter there. It’s not about that. In the clin­ic of Euro­pean oncol­o­gy INNOVATION we work accord­ing to the same Euro­pean stan­dards using the most mod­ern equip­ment. The rea­son is rather in rela­tion to their health.

Euro­peans are more respon­si­ble, they reg­u­lar­ly under­go exam­i­na­tions and go to the doc­tor at the first sus­pi­cion of malaise. In Ukraine, how­ev­er, aware­ness of the dis­ease, its con­se­quences, meth­ods of ear­ly diag­no­sis is very low. We need to work on this prob­lem, con­duct infor­ma­tion cam­paigns about the need for sys­tem­at­ic exam­i­na­tions, a more atten­tive atti­tude to one’s health.

What should be done to detect can­cer in time? What meth­ods of ear­ly diag­no­sis exist?

Breast can­cer in the ear­ly stages is almost asymp­to­matic. This is the insid­i­ous­ness of this dis­ease.

It is pos­si­ble to detect breast can­cer at an ear­ly stage only with the help of ultra­sound and mam­mog­ra­phy.

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That is why it is so impor­tant to sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly under­go pre­ven­tive exam­i­na­tions. Young women under 40 are rec­om­mend­ed to do an ultra­sound of the mam­ma­ry glands once a year and con­sult a mam­mol­o­gist. Women from 40 to 50 years of age have a mam­mo­gram every two years and an ultra­sound scan once a year. After age 50, when the risk of can­cer increas­es, both ultra­sound and mam­mog­ra­phy should be done annu­al­ly.

Pre­ven­tive exam­i­na­tions — screen­ings — are an effec­tive and wide­ly used method in devel­oped coun­tries for the ear­ly diag­no­sis of dis­eases, includ­ing can­cer. They help to iden­ti­fy the risks of dis­eases to which a per­son is more or less pre­dis­posed. Screen­ing includes a set of stud­ies and spe­cial­ist advice. Euro­pean oncol­o­gy clin­ic INNOVATSIA has two screen­ing pro­grams for breast can­cer (“up to 40 years old” and “after 40 years old”). They are designed tak­ing into account age-relat­ed changes in the breast. Such pro­grams are very con­ve­nient, because they allow you to go through all the diag­nos­tics with­in the walls of one insti­tu­tion with­in one day.

What to do if the diag­no­sis of breast can­cer is con­firmed?

First, do not fall into despair. Mod­ern meth­ods of treat­ment allow achiev­ing good results, even a com­plete cure with preser­va­tion of the mam­ma­ry gland. The main thing is not to waste time.

Remem­ber: the chances of a cure are direct­ly pro­por­tion­al to the speed at which treat­ment is sought.

The choice of clin­ic is impor­tant. It is bet­ter to con­tact spe­cial­ized insti­tu­tions. They have all the nec­es­sary mod­ern equip­ment, advanced diag­nos­tic and treat­ment meth­ods, a team of pro­fes­sion­als with exten­sive expe­ri­ence, and an indi­vid­ual approach to treat­ment.

Why is the breast cen­ter of the INNOVATION clin­ic called Euro­pean?

In the clin­ic of Euro­pean oncol­o­gy INNOVATION we work in accor­dance with the stan­dards and rec­om­men­da­tions of the Euro­pean Med­ical Soci­ety of Oncol­o­gists (ESMO) and in close con­tact with the lead­ing onco­log­i­cal cen­ters in Ger­many.

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Since 2013, the breast cen­ter of the clin­ic has been part of the glob­al net­work of breast cen­ters Breast Cen­tres Net­work. We use unique and mod­ern tech­nolo­gies and equip­ment. This allows you to achieve max­i­mum qual­i­ty in the diag­no­sis and treat­ment of breast dis­eases.

Tell us more about the cen­ter and its ben­e­fits.

In the breast cen­ter of the INNOVATION clin­ic, we pro­vide a closed cycle of assis­tance to a woman who has var­i­ous prob­lems with the mam­ma­ry gland, from aes­thet­ic to such seri­ous ones as breast can­cer. With­out leav­ing the ter­ri­to­ry of the cen­ter, the patient can get a qual­i­fied con­sul­ta­tion, under­go all the nec­es­sary exam­i­na­tions, under­go an oper­a­tion, under­go all meth­ods of con­ser­v­a­tive and radi­a­tion ther­a­py.

Sep­a­rate­ly, I want to note that the treat­ment tac­tics are devel­oped indi­vid­u­al­ly for each patient at an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary med­ical con­sul­ta­tion. This approach helps to avoid mis­takes and devel­op the most effec­tive treat­ment plan. We use unique for Ukraine tech­nolo­gies for the treat­ment of breast can­cer, in par­tic­u­lar, mod­ern meth­ods of organ-pre­serv­ing oper­a­tions. They allow you to remove only the tumor with the sur­round­ing tis­sues, with­out affect­ing the entire organ. This is very impor­tant because it helps to improve the qual­i­ty of life of a woman who has had breast can­cer.

We do our best to pro­vide a woman who is going through a dif­fi­cult peri­od of her life with max­i­mum com­fort and a high lev­el of ser­vice. So, a plas­tic sur­geon must take part in the prepa­ra­tion of the oper­a­tion. Through­out the entire peri­od of treat­ment and recov­ery, a psy­chol­o­gist works with her.

An impor­tant aspect of our work is also recon­struc­tive surgery — the restora­tion of the breast. In this way, we help women who are plan­ning a mas­tec­to­my or who have already under­gone breast removal surgery to return to a full life, to feel attrac­tive and desir­able again.


Named the most dan­ger­ous dis­ease of rich peo­ple

Named prod­uct that pro­longs life

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