October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month world-wide and to celebrate this important campaign, the Paradise Private Hospital has officially recently introduced a brand-new mammogram machine as part of its medical services.
Technically known as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), mammography machine will allow doctors to detect early stages of breast cancer, through a simple and harmless test which feels and look pretty much like an X-ray machine. The only difference is that the machine takes many low-dose x-rays as it moves in an arc over the breast, instead than a single one.
Although it may sound fairly easy, it is actually quite a complicated difference from a technical issue, hence the extremely high prices of this state-of-the-art medical equipment.
“The idea of having a mammogram started as soon as Robin and I decided to buy this hospital from the previous owners, back in 2004” says Janet Sios, the co-founder of the Paradise Private Hospital, together with her husband, Dr. Robin Sios.
Janet, as everyone knows her in the community, has been a force to be recognized with in Papua New Guinea, especially when it comes to women issues.
“Early detection is extremely important for any medical issues, but especially cancers” says Dr. Sios, who stresses on the reasons why breast cancer is so common among women. “Whereas breast cancer among men is very rare, it is unfortunately very frequent among women, together with cervical cancer,” explains Dr. Sios, who has seen many patients suffer tremendously over the course of his career.
“Both cancers are connected to parts of the body that deal with reproductive issues and the hormonal changes that are part of pregnancy,” he explains. “It is an unfortunate situation for the women folks, but I am glad that the hospital can now do something about it,” he continues.
A full mammography will cost 350 PGK at the Paradise Private Hospital and its management strongly encourages women to book an appointment as soon as possible to monitor their status and avoid potential future complications.